Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Greyvitos, Kelly’s Humor, Switzerland, Dragon Drew

(Peter Miller, the new trainer of Kelly’s Humor, will saddle her for the first time on Friday at Del Mar / 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. Manny Wah, a 2YO son of Will Take Charge and trained by Wayne Catalano, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The February foal worked an easy half mile over the dirt track in :50 flat, which was the 25th best time out of the 41 to go that far today. This one, who cost $175,000 to purchase out of the Fasig-Tipton July Sale of 2017 out of the Warrendale consignment, has notched two wins; a second; and a third in 6 career starts to date. The only two times he has missed the board was when he was 7th in the G3 Iroquois Stakes here in September, and 4th in the most recent Street Sense Stakes on Nov. 2. Talented.
  2. Dragon Drew, a talented son of Get Stormy and trained by Buff Bradley, has not raced since finishing 6thin in an allowance at Churchill Downs the end of May. But he has been working his way back to you. Today, he got his fourth published work since Oct. 24, and went a nice half mile in :48.20. That was the 3rd fastest time out of the 41 to make the distance. This guy won the Black Gold Stakes over the grass at The Fair Grounds in March and then ran a great race to finish 4th in the G3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland in April. But all he found that day, and the two races afterwards was rain; soft grass; and mud. He should be ready to find some firm turf soon — maybe in New Orleans.
  3. Roiland, a 2YO colt by Successful Appeal and trained by Tom Amoss, may be one to keep an eye one. In three career starts to date, he has two wins and a second. The victory here on Oct. 28 was very nice, and he beat a real good one that day in Limonite. Roiland worked this morning under the Twin Spires, going a half mile in an easy :50.60. that was the 32nd fastest time out of the 41. It was purely a maintenance move for a talented runner. Watch out here.
  4. Switzerland, a 4YO son of Speightstown and trained by Steve Asmussen, had a rough go of it in the sloppy Bet on Sunshine Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1. Broke tardy in that one and never had a chance, finishing fifth. Trainer Steve Asmussen has already sent the colt to New Orleans and he worked at The Fair Grounds on Monday. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40, which was the bullet move out of 9 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this one. Despite the rough trip last out, he can pick them up and put them down.
  5. Kelly’s Humor, a 3YO Midnight Lute filly who was last seen running 7th in the G2 Lexus Raven Run at Keeneland, has now been transferred to the barn of Peter Miller and is at beautiful Del Mar. This one — who ran third in the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga; second in the G3 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland; and second in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs — worked on Monday for her new connections. She went a half mile in an easy :50.80 — which was 14th of 16. But not to worry. It was simply a blow out for her next race — which is an allowance-option claimer at Del Mar this Friday. Let’s keep a close eye on that one.
  6. Greyvitos, a 3YO son of Malibu Moon and trained by Adam Kitchingman, is an interesting note. He has not run since finishing 13th in the G3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on KY Derby Day. But he was a hot horse headed into that event. He looked great winning the Remington Springboard Mile in December and was 4th to My Boy Jack in the G3 Lexington Stakes off a long, long layup. He got his 6th published work on Monday since Oct. 12. He went 6 furlongs at Del Mar, breaking from the gate. He clocked the time in 1:14.60. That was his second straight work at 6 furlongs, too. Looks like he may be getting ready for a return very soon. Great to see this talented runner getting back to the races.

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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