Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Bravazo, Fluminense, Tobacco Road, Tiz Mischief

(Steve Asmussen trains both Fluminense and Tobacco Road / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know.  Some of them, you may not know — as of yet.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Bal Harbour, a talented 3YO son of First Samurai who once was tried on the Triple Crown trail earlier this spring, was back on the track at Belmont Park this morning for trainer Todd Pletcher. The gelding has not run since he was fifth in both the G3 Withers Stakes in February and the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park in March. This morning, though, he got his 9th published work since Aug. 8 when he went a half-mile in :49.39. That was the 5th best time out of the 7 to go that far. Earlier in his career, he ran fifth in the G3 Sanford Stakes and fourth in the G2 Saratoga Special as a 2YO. Last year, he won the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth and the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream Park. After running second in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes — beating Dak Attack — he fell from grace, though. Look forward to seeing him back soon.
  2. Bravazo, one of the most durable 3YOs of this crop and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, was back in training at Churchill Downs this morning. The son of Awesome Again ran a disappointing 7th in the Pennsylvania Derby in his last out, but has had his moments this year — like his win in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds; his second in the G1 Preakness Stakes; his second in the G1 Haskell Invitational; and his third in the G1 Travers Stakes. This a.m., he went a sharp half-mile in :48 flat. That was the bullet move out of 24 to make the distance.
  3. Fluminense, a well-bred 2YO son of More Than Ready, worked for trainer Steve Asmussen at Churchill Downs this morning. The colt, who has a win and two thirds in three career starts, went an easy half-mile in :50.60. That was 21st of 24 to go that far. In his last start, this one ran third in the Soaring Free Stakes at Woodbine. Still a candidate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
  4. Tobacco Road, winner of the Ellis Park Juvenile and most recently a game and closing fourth in the G3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs, went to work for the Asmussen barn this morning, as well. This son of Quality Road went an easy half-mile, as well, finishing up in :50.20. Look for much more from this one next time out.
  5. Tiz Mischief, a 3YO colt by Into Mischief and a pupil of trainer Dale Romans, worked this morning under the Twin Spires. The colt turned in a nice 5-furlong move in 1:00.40, which was the second best time out of 8 to go that far. It was his fourth published work since Sept. 9, and he looks to be getting sharper. The last time we saw this one, he ran second to King Zachary in the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs back in June. The layup may have helped. Hope to see him again soon.

The horses came in early, they went to the training center (at Keeneland) for a couple of days because this place wasn’t open,” he said. “We shipped in, got a couple of gallops over the track. (Assistant trainer) Aime Dollase did a great job, she was here the whole time. Everything looked really good when we got here. The horses were happy. I never won two in a row like this, in stakes. It’s pretty good.”

The Ladies Turf was the 19th career start for the 5-year-old mare, who won for the fifth time in her career. She came into Kentucky Downs off a four-month layoff following a last-pace finish in the Grade 2 Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

“The owners are pretty happy right now,” Baltas said. “We’re just very grateful. She was actually coming off a layoff so we gave her some time after the Santa Anita meet. She was a little sore, just body sore and needed a little break. I got her back at the beginning of Del Mar, so I got like four or five works on the grass at Del Mar. We were looking for a race, and the guys said let’s send her here. They found the spot. We were thinking the Ladies Sprint or here. We thought this would probably be better, the mile. It was an owner-trainer decision and just worked out.”

Richard Baltas, Trainer of the winner
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