Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Mind Your Biscuits, Whitmore, Wonder Gadot & Others

(Mind Your Biscuits winning the G3 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Whitmore, a 5YO son of Pleasantly Perfect and one of the one contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Ron Moquett. This guy has amassed an impressive record of 11-6-2 and over $2 million in purse earnings over 23 career starts. In his last four starts, he has a win in the G1 Forego Stakes and three seconds — including a tough-beat second to Promises Fulfilled in the G2 Phoenix at Keeneland in his last out. Today, he showed off his speed — again. He breezed a half mile in :47 flat. That was the bullet move out of 24 to go the distance. Top of his game. Top.
  2. Copper Bullet, who looks about ready to make his 2018 debut after a long and protracted layoff, worked for trainer Steve Asmussen this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The 3YO son of More Than Ready went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 6th fastest time out of 42 to go the distance. In four previous career starts, he has 2 wins and 2 seconds — all of which stamped him as one of the best 2YOs of 2017. Be great to have him back.
  3. Seeking the Soul, a 5YO son of Perfect Soul and trained by Dallas Stewart for owner Charles Fipke, may be gearing up for a Breeders’ Cup try. He won the G3 Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs in his last start and now has a win and a second in four starts this year. He ran fifth to the great Gun Runner back in January in the G1 Pegasus World Cup, as well. Today, he went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat, which was the 4th best time out of the 42. Gearing up?
  4. Wonder Gadot, runner-up to Monomoy Girl in this year’s KY Oaks and a two-time winner over colts in Canada’s Triple Crown, worked at Churchill downs for trainer Mark Casse. The 3YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move of the day, and one of the most impressive sights of the a.m. She is game as the day is long, and will have to be razor sharp for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. That may be one of the best events of the 2-day extravaganza.
  5. Mind Your Biscuits, who appears certain to challenge the best in the Breeders’ Cup Classic for trainer Chad Summers, worked this morning under the Twin Spires. The 5YO son of Posse went 6 furlongs in 1:15 flat. That was the best of 2 to go that far. As nearly all know by now, this guy was one of the greatest sprinters of his generation at one time. Now, he is attempting to become a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner — after a nice and dominating win at Churchill Downs in the G3 Lukas Classic last time out. What a training job. Amazing.

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
  • Gene McLean

    Gene McLean

    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

    Full Bio >

More From Gene McLean