Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Seven Trumpets, Tiz Mischief, Standard Deviation, Gunmetal Gray

(Seven Trumpets on the Churchill Downs track before this year’s Breeders’ Cup / 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. Cyclical, a 2YO More Than Ready filly trained by Wesley Ward, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This filly ran fifth on debut at Belmont Park in June, but has not been seen in the afternoons since. But today marked her 8th published workout since returning to a.m. action on Oct. 6. Should be ready soon after breezing a half-mile in :47.80 today. That was the 3rd fastest time out of the 21 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this one. The dam, Wave Theory, was a multiple Graded Stakes placed winner, and the second Dam, Glimmering, was a winner by Sadler’s Wells. It’s all there.
  2. Kathak, a 2YO by First Defense and trained by Brad Cox, ran third on debut at Keeneland on Oct. 21. Was beaten about 11/2-lengths for it all, despite being steadied into the first turn of that 11/16-mile event on the grass. He got his fourth workout since that learning experience, and today was a bullet — going 4 furlongs in :47 flat at Churchill Downs. That was the fastest work of the day out of the 21. Watch for this one’s return. Could be ready.
  3. Seven Trumpets, a 3YO Morning Line colt for trainer Dale Romans, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. This one, who has carved out a nice niche as a top end sprinter, went 5 furlongs in 1:02.20. That was the 3rd fastest out of 3 to go that far. He ran 8th in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in the last out, but before that he was third in the G3 Gallant Bob and second in both the G1 H. Allen Jerkens and the G3 Dwyer Stakes. Maintenance move today. Florida soon?
  4. Tiz Mischief, another talented one from the Romans Team, worked this morning at Churchill, too. This son of Into Mischief — who righted the ship with a second in the Matt Winn Stakes in June and followed that up with a win in an allowance race at the Downs on Nov. 3 — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the fastest move of the day at the distance. This one could be poised for a very nice 4YO campaign for owner Frank Jones.
  5. Standard Deviation, a 2YO colt by Curlin and trained by Chad Brown, worked over the dirt track at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida on Sunday. The colt — who ran a nice third despite an impossible post position in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in October — went 3 furlongs in :39.21. It was this one’s first morning move since a disappointing 13th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. I like this colt. Not giving up on him yet. Could mature nicely in Florida this winter.
  6. Gunmetal Gray, a 2YO son of Exchange Rate and another who ran in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, was back on the track at Santa Anita this morning for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The colt, who finished 5th in the Juvenile behind the undefeated Game Winner, got his fourth published work since the Cup and went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the 15th best time out of 55 to go that far. In four career starts now, the colt has a win, a second and two 5th place finishes. Could be headed to the grass eventually. Has the pedigree for it.

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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