Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Philosophy, Gidu

(Mark Casse, trainer of Philosophy / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Philosophy, a 2YO Speightstown colt trained by Mark Casse for Stonestreet Farm, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning. This one, who ran third on debut, went an easy half-mile in :51 flat. That was the 22nd fastest time out of 37 to go the distance, but this one is already entered to make his next start on Dec. 6. The previous time out here, he went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat — which was the 9th best time out of 51 to go that distance on that day. On debut, ran third to Comuze and Bourbon in May — two talented runners. Came from far back in that 5.5-furlong grass start. Look for more next week.
  2. Gidu, a 3YO Irish-bred son of Frankel, worked at Palm Beach Downs for trainer Todd Pletcher this morning. The stylish colt — who has put up a 3-2-0 record in the first 10 career starts — went a half mile over the dirt track in :48.03. That was the bullet move out of 8 to go the distance this morning. This one has won since winning the Paradise Creek Stakes at Belmont Park in May. But could return to favor when the racing gets back to Gulfstream Park. Ran second in the G3 Dania Beach Stakes here back in February and broke the maiden over this track, as well.
  3. A Little Unruly, a 3YO Violence filly trained by Team Baffert, has made only one career start to date. Ran 2nd back in July, and has been off since. Now, she is working her way back to you. Today, she got her 9th published work since Oct. 7 and went 5 furlongs in a brisk 1:00.20. That was the second fastest time out of the 27 to go the distance. Keep your eye on this one. Should be ready for the return soon. Was purchased for $130,000 by Baffert out of the OBS 2YO Sale a year ago. Ready?

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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