Trainer Joe Orseno had classic winner Red Bullet on the track for a five-furlong workout Tuesday morning and the 5-year-old fired a bullet in 1:00 3/5. It was the best of 18 horses working that distance that morning. Red Bullet is being readied for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I) to be run at 1 1/4-miles on March 30.
"It was an excellent work." Orseno said. "I couldn't be happier. He's doing fine and his next start will be in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. Jerry Bailey will be back aboard him in that race."
Red Bullet, Stronach Stable's 2000 Preakness winner, couldn't overcome a troubled trip under Bailey in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream on Feb. 9 and finished second, beaten a neck, but was subsequently disqualified and placed fourth in the 1 1/8-mile race There were many who thought the 2-1 favorite was the best horse, including Orseno.
"There was no doubt in my mind that he was the best horse in the Donn," he said. "To overcome the bad start he had, then he had that trouble in the backstetch and he still almost won the race."
The Donn Handicap was the second time this year that Red Bullet finished second in a stakes at Gulfstream. In his previous outing, he was second as the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Skip Away Handicap (gr. III).
On Wednesday, Orseno worked 2000 2-year-old champion male Macho Uno a half-mile in :51, breezing and El General (half-brother to 2000 female turf champon Perfect Sting) in 1:02 3/5, breezing.
"Macho Uno is doing well and training well for me here at Gulfstream," Orseno said. "He's still about a month away from a race and I'm not sure where he'll make his return."