Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Free Drop Billy, Analyze It, Instilled Regard, Dak Attack

(Free Drop Billy worked at Churchill Downs prior to the KY Derby / 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. Dak Attack, winner of the Ellis Park Juvenile a year ago for trainer Dale Romans, looked to be a world-beater as a 2YO last summer. Shin issues sidelined him for much of a year, but he appears to be getting his running legs back under him now. The son of Ghostzapper trained at Churchill Downs this morning, working an easy half mile in :50 flat. That was the 43rd fastest time out of 68 to go that far. It was the fifth published work for the colt since he returned to serious training on July 28.
  2. Analyze It, who looked unbeatable early this year and has now run three straight tough-beat seconds to class acts like Catholic Boy and Carrick, worked this morning at Saratoga for trainer Chad Brown. The 3YO son of Point of Entry went an easy half mile over the dirt track in :49.88. That was the 41st best time out of 58 to go that far. This one’s seconds to Catholic Boy look a whole lot better today. Don’t they?
  3. Free Drop Billy, who won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last October but hasn’t won a race since, worked at Saratoga this morning for trainer Dale Romans. He went a half mile in :48.89, which was the 18th best time of the group. The Union Rags colt has not run since finishing 7th in the G1 Belmont Stakes on June 9, but he has a solid series of works under the girth now, and should be ready to fire again soon. Watch for his return off this freshening.
  4. Carter Cat, a 2YO son of Tale of the Cat and trained by Steve Asmussen, looks to be a good one with a promising career. He has raced four times to date, with a win and two seconds. He worked at Saratoga this morning, as well, going 4 furlongs in a gallop-like :53.12 over the dirt training track. That was 40th of 40. But don’t worry. The barn is known to do this from time to time. This guy can run. Flat out.
  5. Instilled Regard, a promising son of Arch who hasn’t made the afternoon races since his shocking fourth in the KY Derby this year, worked at Saratoga this morning. He went 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in 1:00.43. That was the 3rd best time out of 18 to go that distance, and it was his sixth published work since returning to serious training on July 21 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. It will be interesting to see where this one shows up next. When right, he can motor. Last win came in the Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds in January.

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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