Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Cloud Computing, Sassy Sienna, Get Stormy, Sir Truebadour

(Chad Brown trains Cloud Computing / 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. Sassy Sienna, a talented 3YO filly by Midshipman and trained by Brad Cox, worked over the sloppy main track at Churchill Downs on Monday morn. This filly, who ran second in the G2 Monmouth Oaks on Aug. 18 in her last start and won the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park back in the Spring over a muddy track, went a nice half-mile in :48 flat. That was the bullet move of the day out of 27 to work the distance. It was also her fourth published work since her last race, and, by all appearances, she is sitting on go.
  2. Sir Sahib, a 3YO colt by Fort Larned and trained by Ian Wilkes, certainly appears to have some real talent. But, for some reason, he has a tendency to find issues in nearly every race that keep him from winning. After the first 9 races in his career, he has hit the board 7 times. Yet, the resume shows only 1 win and 1 second. But 5 thirds. Today, Wilkes worked him over the sloppy Churchill Downs main surface, and the colt went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 5th best time out of 11 to go that far. Keep an eye on this one. If the light bulb ever goes off?
  3. Barrier Island, a 3Yo Speightstown filly trained by Shug McGaughey, has not run in the afternoons since Jan. 20, when she was a nice third in the Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay. That was her fourth career start for the Phipps Stable and her resume now sports a 1-1-2 record. Not bad. But she hasn’t been seen since. This morning, she worked at Belmont Park, going an easy half mile in :49.89. That was the 24th best time out of 33 to clock the distance. Since Aug. 5, this filly has gotten 8 published works in. Looks about ready to fire.
  4. Got Stormy, a 3YO Get Stormy filly trained by Mark Casse, has ripped off three wins in a row and all of them in Stakes company. The last win came in the G3 Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine. In 9 starts now, she has 4 wins and 2 thirds. This morning, she worked 5 furlongs over the Belmont Park dirt surface, going the distance in a time of 1:01.12. that was the 3rd fastest time out of 15 to make the distance. A nice one, for sure.
  5. Nitrous, a 2YO son of Tapit and one of the best juveniles in the country right now, worked at Belmont Park this morning for the barn of Steve Asmussen. The February foal has a win, a second and a third in three lifetime starts to date, but is coming off a show placing in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga. He was beaten about 3 lengths that day by Mind Control. This morning, he went 5 furlongs in 1:01.12 — which was the 3rd fastest time, as well. Worth watching this one return to the races soon. Could be a factor at Churchill Downs in the Breeders’ Cup.
  6. Sir Truebadour, a 2YO son of More Than Ready and a teammate of Nitrous, went the same time in company. In 4 starts so far, this one has 2 wins. The latest one of those came in the G3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs over the dirt track. He was switched over to the turf for the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 17 in his last start, and either didn’t like the distance or the surface change. Tired and ran 6th in that one as the favorite. May look for a return to the dirt for this talented one.
  7. Cloud Computing, winner of the 2017 Preakness Stakes for trainer Chad Brown, worked at Saratoga on Monday morning. The 4YO son of Maclean’s Music went 3 furlongs in :38.71. That was the 12th best time out of 19 to go that far. It was just his second work over a racetrack since Sept. 17. Three previous works were recorded at the Stonestreet Raining Center in August. Since the Preakness, Cloud Computing has run only three times — never hitting the board. In his only start this year, which came back in May, he ran 4th in the Winchester Stakes at Belmont Park. On the long road back. Still aways to go.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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