Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Chocolate Martini, McKinzie

(Trainer Tom Amoss conditions Chocolate Martini / 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. Beyond Blame, a 3YO Blame filly trained by Brad Cox for the Pop-A-Top LLC, has raced seven times this year and has put up some good numbers: 3 wins, and two seconds. Ran fifth in the G3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park in the last out, but won the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs the race before on June 16. She was back in action under the Twin Spires this morning, breezing a half mile in an impressive :47.80. That was the 3rd fastest time out of 43 to go the distance. Watch for this one to appear at CD soon.
  2. Chocolate Martini, a 3YO Broken Vow filly trained by Tom Amoss, trained at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. She went the 5 furlongs distance in 1:02.60, which was the 17th best time out of 28 to run that far. This one, conditioned by the affable Amoss, has been a wonderful story so far. She broke her maiden at the Fair Grounds in January for a tag. And ran 4th in a claiming event after that. But since Spring, she has been something else under the watchful care of Amoss. She won an allowance event, and then captured the G1 Fair Grounds Oaks. After running fifth behind Monomoy Girl in the KY Oaks, she went West to run third in the G2 Summertime Oaks, and then returned East to run third to Monomoy Girl in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Wow. What a climb. Good luck to this one, for sure.
  3. Manny Wah, a 2YO Will Take Charge colt who ran third in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes for trainer Wayne Catalano in his last start, worked at Churchill Downs this morn. He went 5 furlongs in :59.80 — which was the bullet move of the 28. What a work. Eye popping. This one may only get better with more ground. Watch for his next out.
  4. Rubilinda, a 4YO Frankel filly who was scratched out of the Stakes event at Del Mar this past weekend, worked at Del Mar today. This world-class filly — who has 3 wins and a second in just 6 career starts to date — went 5 furlongs over the dirt track in a blistering 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move out of the first 32 to go that distance this morning. Watch for her. She is good. Very good.
  5. McKinzie, a 3YO Street Sense colt who looked to be one of Bob Baffert’s top colts for the Triple Crown this spring, worked at Del Mar this morning on the comeback trail. Although he has not run since March, when second in the San Felipe Stakes, McKinzie got his sixth published work since Aug. 1 this morning. He went 7 furlongs for Team Baffert in 1:25.60. That was the bullet work, since he was the only one to train that far. Look for his return soon. Getting close.

Classy Act:

“One thing that cost Classy Act a little bit is she broke a little tardy and she usually breaks sharp. The main thing you want to do is just don’t touch her, don’t smooch at her, or take a big hold. Because she did break tardy, he had to kind of shove on her a little bit and when he did she jumped into the bridle a little harder than he wanted. She got a little too keen. If she breaks like she’s supposed to, he probably never has to touch her and she’s probably a little more relaxed. I was happy with it, I wish she would’ve broke a little sharper. I think that would’ve helped us a little bit but I don’t know it would’ve changed the outcome.”

Coming back for the Fair Grounds Oaks?

“I think so. If she looks good after this and bounces back good, I think we will come back.”

Patrona Magarita

“I thought I had her really ready and really fit, but to come off the bench in these kind of races is very difficult. She looked like she was going to be third and flattened out, she just got a little tired. I was happy her race overall too.”

Calhoun indicated the Fair Grounds Oaks is likely for her too.

Bret Calhoun, Trainer of Classy Act and Patrona Margarita
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