Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Seeking the Soul, Bal Harbour, Tap Gun, Telekinesis

(Seeking the Soul headed to the paddock before this year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile / 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. Bal Harbor, once a would-be contender on this year’s Triple Crown trail for trainer Todd Pletcher, worked this morning at Belmont Park. After being idle and MIA from March to October, the First Samuri colt has returned to racing in style — with back to back wins at Keeneland and Aqueduct. This morning, he worked an easy half in :48.89. That was the 18th fastest time out of the 75 to go the distance. Watch for this one. Best running yet to come.
  2. Assemblyman, a 2YO colt by Speightstown trained by Michael Stidham for Godolphin Stables, is off to a good start. Won his second career start at Penn National on Oct. 4 and then ran a very nice second at the Fair Grounds on Nov. 22. Back in action this a.m. in New Orleans, when he worked 4 furlongs in :50 flat. That was 57th of 115 to go that far. Keep an eye on this one’s development. Bred to get better.
  3. Seeking the Soul, a 5YO horse by Perfect Soul and trained by Dallas Stewart, was last seen finishing third in the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23. Before that, he ran second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile to eventual champ City of Lights. He got his first published work since the Clark this morning, when he went an easy half in :51 flat at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Grinder will be tough next out. No matter what it is.
  4. Telekinesis, a 3YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Mark Casse, has not raced since his disappointing 6th in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga in late August. Before that, he was beaten by stablemate and filly Wonder Gadot in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine. Yet, before those two dull efforts, he had never been worse than third and was the winner of the Plate Trial at Woodbine and a near winner of the G3 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes against My Boy Jack back in April. He got his third published workout since Nov. 14 this morning when he went an easy half at the Fair Grounds in :52 flat. That was 104th of the 115 to go. Watch for his return soon.
  5. Tap Gun, a 3YO Tapit filly purchased by Mandy Pope for $1.4 million at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. She went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was 2nd out of 37 to go the distance. She ran fifth in an allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 17, but won back-to-back before that.

That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay,” an emotional O’Connell said after Well Defined’s two-and-three-quarter length victory from a charging Kentucky Wildcat in 1:42.70 for the mile-and-a-sixteenth, .26 seconds off 2018 winner Flameaway’s stakes record. So Alive finished a distant third, with the 19-10 favorite, Knicks Go, getting nipped for fourth at the wire by Counter Offer.

“He’s had little things that have happened and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on,” O’Connell said of the Florida-bred Well Defined, a son of With Distinction by Fru Fru, out of Medaglia d’Oro. “I like this horse a lot and the decision (on what’s next) will be up to the owners (Gilbert and Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge, LLC), but we just want him healthy. Maybe the (Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 9) – who knows.”

“His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile,” she said, “and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside. He’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

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