WorkTab: Belmont Backstretch Buzzing With Stakes Winners

May 4, 2020

A busy Saturday saw 174 horses take to the Belmont Park dirt training track led by last year’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes champ Sir Winston, who covered five-eighths in 1:01.93 for trainer Mark Casse. Also on the work tab for the Casse barn was Grade 1 Spinaway winner Perfect Alibi, who was clocked five-eighths in 1:02.67.

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control covered a half-mile in 50.03 Saturday morning. Trained by Gregg Sacco, the 4-year-old Stay Thirsty colt’s ledger includes a pair of Grade 1 wins at Saratoga Race Course, beginning with the Grade 1 Hopeful as a juvenile and the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens in August.

Jeff Fazio and Michael Fazio’s Joevia, who won the 2019 Long Branch at Monmouth Park, breezed a sharp half-mile in 48.04 Saturday. The dark bay son of Shanghai Bobby was third in last year’s Belmont Stakes.

Rudy Rodriguez sent out a slew of stakes winners to work this week including 2019 Easy Goer champ Majid who breezed a half-mile in 50.03 on April 28. Not That Brady, the 2018 Damon Runyon winner and 2019 Grade 3 Withers runner-up, worked a half-mile in 50.44 on April 28. Water White, last out winner of the Busher Invitational, also breezed on April 28 covering five-eighths in 1:04.22.

Trainer John Morrison sent out stable stars Carrera Cat and The Last Ace on April 28. Carrera Cat, winner of the 2019 Union Avenue at the Spa, breezed five furlongs in a bullet 59.74 with impressive maiden winner The Last Ace clocking five furlongs in 1:00.88.

Stakes-placed wet track specialist Slimey, trained by David Cannizzo, went a half-mile in 51.87 on April 28.

Chad Brown’s last-out Biogio’s Rose winner More Mischief breezed a half-mile in 48.60 on April 29. That same morning, 2018 Grade 1 Malibu runner-up Identity Politics went four furlongs in 49.36.

New York-bred Fierce Lady, winner of the 2019 Seeking the Ante at Saratoga, breezed three-eighths in 39.99 on Thursday for trainer Dermot Magner.

NYRA Press Release 

Photo: Sir Winston in a work at Palm Meadows March 15. Credit: Dana Wimpfheimer

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