Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Lone Sailor, Bolt d’Oro, Bravazo

3-24-2018 – Noble Indy with John Velazquez aboard gets a head in front of Lone Sailor to win the 105th Grade II Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

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. Lone Sailor, a hard-knocker who finally broke through with a huge win in the G3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park last time out for trainer Tom Amoss, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. This 3YO son of Majestic Warrior — who has a 1-4-1 record this year, with a third in the G1 Haskell Invitational and a second in the G2 Louisiana Derby — went a nice half mile in :49.60. That was the 20th best time out of 46 to go the distance. That is a solid time for a colt, who has often flashed brilliant speed in the a.m. The barn is now considering a run in either the BC Dirt Mile or the BC Classic at Churchill Downs the first weekend of November.
  2. Bolt d’Oro, one of the best 2YOs in the country a year ago for trainer Mick Ruis, worked under the Twin Spires this morning, as well. The 3YO son of Medaglia d’Oro, who did win the G2 San Felipe Stakes and run second in the G1 Santa Anita Derby before falling on tough times this year, worked 5 furlongs today in 1:01 flat. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 38 to go the distance. Keep an eye for this one’s return. He looks very good in the a.m.
  3. Bravazo, a 3YO son of Awesome Again trained by D. Wayne Lukas, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, too. This one went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat, which was the bullet move of 38 today. Bravazo has been one of the most durable colts to run this entire year, and he has earned nearly $1,000,000 this year alone for owner Calumet Farm. He loves it here at Churchill Downs — his home base.
  4. Amy’s Challenge, a multiple Graded Stakes placed winner of over $238,000 in her career, worked at Keeneland this morning for trainer McLean Robertson. The Artie Schiller filly, who won her last start at Canterbury Park, went a half mile in a spectacular time of :46.80. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 75 to go that far in Lexington this a.m. This filly ran second in the G3 Honeybee Stakes and the third in the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park earlier this year. Talented.
  5. Title Ready, third in the G3 Indiana Derby earlier this year, worked at Keeeland this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. The More Than Ready colt breezed a half mile in :50 flat — which was 58th best of 75 to go that far. Should be ready to roll soon.

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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