Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Current, Lone Sailor, Serengeti Empress, Bravazo

(Current on his way to the winner’s circle after winning the G3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

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. Current, the beautiful Curlin colt with the flaxen mane, worked for trainer Todd Pletcher this morning at Belmont Park. The 2YO — who was purchased for a whopping $725,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2017 — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.05. That was the 3rd fastest time out of the 8 to go the distance today. In his last start, Current got up by a whisker in the last jump to capture the G3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 7. Look for this one in the Breeders’ Cup. He can close with the best of the youngsters, and now has 2 wins and a third in just 3 starts.
  2. Farrell, a 4YO Malibu Moon filly who has earned over $1 million in purses already, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Wayne Catalano. This speedster was on a real roll back in the summer, running second in both the G1 La Troienne Stakes on KY Oaks Day and second in the G2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs. Also, she captured the G3 Shuvee Stakes at Saratoga, before running 5th in the G1 Personal Ensign, and then 8th in the G1 Beldame. Today, she went a nice half mile in :48 flat — which was the 3rd fastest time out of the 37 to clock that distance. Be interesting to see where this one shows up next.
  3. Finley’sluckycharm, a 5YO daughter of Twirling Candy and a much accomplished runner in her own right, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. This one, trained by W. Bret Calhoun, went a quick half mile in :47.80. That was the 2nd fastest time at the distance. In 18 lifetime starts, Finley’sluckycharm has carved out 11 wins and 3 seconds and can see the $1 million earnings mark just ahead. She prefers 6 furlongs, but can stretch to 7 on her best day.
  4. Lone Sailor, a 3YO son of Majestic Warrior and winner of the Oklahoma Derby in his last out, worked this morning for trainer Tom Amoss. The colt went a half mile in :48.20, which was 8th best of the day. This talented runner, who has posted a win, 4 seconds and a third this year against some of the best 3YOs, could make a run for either the BC Mile or the Classic. Final decision is looming.
  5. Serengeti Empress, undoubtedly one of the favorites for this year’s BC Juvenile Fillies, worked this morning for Amoss, as well. This 2YO daughter of Alternation went a half mile in :48.20. That was tied with Lone Sailor for the 8th best time of the day. This filly won the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 15 by nearly 20 lengths. She is special. As in? Very special.
  6. Wonder Gadot, a serious contender for this year’s BC Distaff, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, too. The 3YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who has already beaten colts twice this year and nearly nipped Monomoy Girl in the KY Oaks, went the half mile in a blistering :47 flat. That was the bullet move of the day, and got people to chatting it up as soon as she stopped the watch. In her last out, Wonder Gadot was third in the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx, but she should be adjusting to life back home in Louisville. Look for an improved effort in the Distaff.
  7. Bravazo, runner-up to Triple Crown winner Justify in the Preakness Stakes for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, was back at home on the Churchill Downs’ dirt this morning. The 3YO Awesome Again colt, who has earned nearly $1 million in purses this year alone, went 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.80. that was the bullet move out of 20 to go that far this morning. I would not leave this one out of my horizontal or vertical plays on BC Day. Lukas. Magic.

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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