Once again, we will take a look at several horses that have been on the work tab recently and how they may be doing.  Some of these horses you may be aware of and are eagerly awaiting their return to the track for race action.  Some of these horse you may NOT be aware of YET.  But we have been watching very carefully.  Take a look.  Some of these may be in the entry box very soon.

 

Pocket Square at Churchill Downs.

Pocket Square at Churchill Downs.

  1. Pocket Square — a 3YO son of Into Mischief who is trained by Dale Romans for my good friend and fellow horse lover Mike Schnell — recently broke his maiden in impressive fashion at Churchill Downs.  Going into the race, we touted him and proclaimed him to be The Pressbox’s first “Pressbox Power Play” horse. He recently shipped to Saratoga with some of Romans’ other horses and worked a brilliant 4Fs on Saturday, covering the distance in 48.09. That was the second fastest time out of 99 that worked the distance.  Watch out for an allowance race coming up soon.
  2. Big Gray Rocket — a 3YO son of Tapit who hasn’t been seen in the afternoons since his 4th place finish to Practical Joke and Syndergaard in the G1 Champagne Stakes last October —  turned in his sixth work since May when he covered 4Fs in :48.80 at Los Alamitos for the barn of Bob Baffert. It was the sixth fastest time out of 11 to cover the distance today (July 24) and comes on the heels of his bullet work for 3Fs last week.  He appears to be getting closer to his 2017 debut.
  3. Wholehearted — a 3YO filly by Awesome Again and out of the Bernstein mare (that’s another story to come soon) My Baby Baby — broke her maiden in his last start for trainer Ken McPeek going 11/16 miles on the dirt.  One of the horses that she beat that day, Bourgeois (another daughter of Awesome Again), came back to win at Ellis Park on Sunday, July 23.  Today (July 24), Wholehearted worked 4F for assistant trainer Jeff Hiles at Churchill Downs and appeared to be feeling very good, covering the distance in :48 flat — which was the second fastest time out of 51 clocks at the distance.  May be ready for his next start soon.
  4. Sweet Dragon Fly — a 4YO daughter of Oasis Dream trained by Simon Callaghan — was a disappointing fourth in her last out at Santa Anita on July 4, but she seemed to work very well on Sunday at Del Mar.  She covered 5Fs in 1:00.40, which was good enough to be the 9th best time out of 33 at the distance.  Sweet Dragon Fly got some black type two starts back when she ran third in the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate.
  5. Cowboy Culture — a very talented 3YO colt by Quality Road — worked 3Fs in :37.60 in a maintenance move at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox.  Cowboy Culture ran off with a 53/4 length victory in the G3 Arlington Classic Stakes at Arlington Park on May 27 in his last racing effort.  Since then, he has four published works — all at Churchill Downs.  This colt won each of his first three career races, including a win over the highly touted Girvin in the Keith Gee Memorial Stakes at The Fairgrounds. After two poor performances in the G3 Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the G3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, he got back on track at Arlington.  Now, he may show back up at that track on Arlington Million Day.