(Life Is Good / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
Big weekend coming up.
Life Is Good — so impressive in his debut win at Del Mar — will take the next step in the G3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.
The Jerome Stakes — one of the oldest and most historic races in America racing history — will be held at Aqueduct on Friday.
Other top youngsters will turn 3 and have upped their morning workout schedules.
We will have more next week, but here’s our updated standings.
|Rankings||Horse||Sire||Trainer||Jockey||Last Race||Next Race||Career||Comments|
|1||Essential Quality||Tapit||Brad Cox||Luis Saez||1st G1 BC Juvenile @ KEE||TBD (Worked 1/2 at FG on 12-27)||3/3-0-0||Undefeated Son of Tapit / What’s Not to Like|
|2||Life Is Good||Into Mischief||Bob Baffert||Mike Smith||1st in MSW @ Del Mar||Jan. 2: G3 Sham Stakes||1/1-0-0||Can He Duplicae Debut Masterpiece?|
|3||Prime Factor||Quality Road||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||1st in MSW @ GP||TBD (Worked 1/2 at PBD on 12-27)||1/1-0-0||Broke MSW by Nearly 9 / Cost $900K / Wow|
|4||Red Flag||Tamarkuz||John Shirreffs||Victor Espinoza||4th in G2 Los Alamitos Futurity||TBD||4/2-0-0||Soundly Beaten at LA / Hmmm?|
|5||Keepmeinmind||Loaban||Roberto Diodoro||David Cohen||1st in G2 KY Jockey Club @ CD||TBD (Last Official Work in Nov)||4/1-2-1||Has Shown Up at Oaklawn Park / Work to Begin Soon|
|6||Caddo River||Hard Spun||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||1st in MSW @ CD||TBD (Worked 1/2 at OP on 12-27)||3/1-2-0||Will Be Pointed to Derby Preps in Hot Springs|
|7||Hot Rod Charlie||Oxbow||Doug O’Neill||Tyler Gaffalione||2nd in G1 BC Juvenile @ KEE||Jan. 30 — G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes||5/1-1-1||Sold in Feb. 2019 for $17K / 2nd in BC @ 94-1 odds|
|8||Mandaloun||Into Mischief||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||1st in ALW @ CD||TBD (Worked 5F at FG on 12-27)||2/2-0-0||Closer Should Love Extra Ground Coming|
|9||Dr. Schivel||Violence||Mark Glatt||Flavien Pratt||1st in G1 Del Mar Futurity @ DM||TBD (No Recent Works)||4/2-1-1||Has Won 2 In Row / Beat Spielberg in last|
|10||Petruchio||Into Mischief||Richard Mandella||Mike Smith||3rd in G2 Los Alamitos Futurity||TBD||5/1-1-3||Rallied to Be 3rd in LA Futurity, But Beaten 31/2 / Mixed|
|11||Whiskey Double||Into Mischief||Steve Asmussen||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||1st in MSW @ CD||TBD (Worked 5F at FG on 12-28)||1/1-0-0||To Prep for KY Derby at FG / Soon|
|12||Get Her Number||Dialed In||Peter Miller||Flavien Pratt||1st in G1 American Pharoah||TBD (No Recent Works)||3/2-0-0||Speedster Won G1 AP at 11/16-miles in Sept. / Next?|
|13||Highly Motivated||Into Mischief||Chad Brown||Javier Castellano||1st in Nyquist Stakes||TBD (Last Work on 11-1)||3/2-1-0||Won Nyquist on BC Undercard / Impressive / $240K Weanling|
|14||Prisoner||Violence||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||1st in MSW @ Belmont Park||TBD (No Recent Works)||1/1-0-0||Broke MSW on Debut / Came on 6-3/ What’s Up?|
|15||Jackie’s Warrior||Maclean’s Music||Steve Asmussen||Joel Rosario||4th in G1 BC Juvenile @ KEE||Feb. 15: G3 Southwest Stakes||5/4-0-0||To Prep for KY Derby at OP, Too / Soon?|
|16||Brooklyn Strong||Wicked Strong||Danny Velazquez||Joel Rosario||1st in G2 Remsen Staeks @ AQU||Feb. 6: G3 Withers Stakes||4/3-0-1||Remind Me, Again…How Many NY-breds Have Won KY Derby?|
|17||Vittorio||Ghostzapper||Simon Callaghan||Mike Smith||1st in MSW @ Del Mar||TBD (No Recent Works)||2/1-0-0||Easily Whipped Petruchio In Debut Win / Impressive|
|18||Olympiad||Speightstown||Bill Mott||Junior Alvarado||1st in MSW @ Saratoga||TBD (Worked 3F at Payson Park on 12-29)||2/1-0-1||Impressive Winner in Last / Eat Caddo River Easily in That One|
|19||Team Merchants||Nyquist||Doug O’Neill||Kendrick Carmouche||1st in MSW @ Saratoga||TBD (No Recent Works)||2/1-0-0||Broke MSW Last Out at SAR in Sept. / Whipped Ten for Ten|
|20||Smiley Sobotka||Brody’s Cause||Dale Romans||Julien Leparoux||2nd in G2 KY Jockey Club @ CD||TBD (Worked 1/2 at GP on 12-27)||3/1-2-0||Speedster Is Game / Easily Beat Roomate Sittin On Go in Last|
|20A||Prate||Into Mischief||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||1st in FG MSW||TBD||1/1-0-0||Superstart in Making?|
|AE List||Horse||Sire||Trainer||Jockey||Last Race||Next Race||Comments|
|1||Midnight Bourbon||Tiznow||Steve Asmussen||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||3rd in G1 Champagne @ Belmont||TBD (Breezed 5F at FG on 12-28)||4/1-1-2||Beaten Over 14 in G1 Champagne / Beaten 21/2 in G3 Iroquois|
|2||Arabian Prince||Mshawish||Dallas Stewart||Tyler Gaffalione||3rd in G2 KY Jockey Club @ CD||Jan. 16: G3 Lecomte Stakes||3/1-0-1||Beaten 21/2 Lengths in G2 KJC / Came Late / Likes Distance|
|3||Reinvestment Risk||Upstart||Chad Brown||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||10th in G1 BC Juvenile @ KEE||TBD (Last Work on 11-1 @ Belmont)||4/1-2-0||Made No Move in BC Juv / Before That? Super Consistent|
|4||Greatest Honour||Tapit||Shug McGaughey||Trevor McCarthy||2nd in MSW @ Aqueduct||TBD (Worked 1/2 at Payson on 12-19)||3/0-1-2||Lost by a Head to Known Agenda In Last / Beat 3rd by 21|
|5||Restored Order||Tapizar||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||1st in MSW @ Saratoga||Dec. 19: Sugar Bowl Stakes||3/1-0-1||Not Raced Since Breaking MSW at SAR on 9-5 / Works? / Hmm|
|6||Ten for Ten||Frosted||Shug McGaughey||Junior Ortiz||2nd in G2 Remsen Stakes @ AQU||TBD (Worked 1/2 at Payson on 12-31)||4/1-3-0||2nd in G2 Remsen & G3 Nashua / Sold for $410K / Speedy|
|7||Girther||Brody’s Cause||Peter Miller||Ricardo Gonzalez||2nd in G2 Best Pal @ Del Mar||TBD (No Recent Works)||3/1-1-0||2nd by Neck in Best Pal / Speed-type / Sold for $20K|
|8||Sittin on Go||Brody’s Cause||Dale Romans||Corey Lanerie||6th in G2 KY Jockey Club @ CD||TBD (Worked 1/2 at GP on 12-27)||4/2-0-0||Back-to-Back Poor Outings / Did Win G3 Iroquois @ CD / Mixed|
|9||Known Agenda||Curlin||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||3rd in G2 Remsen Stakes @ AQU||TBD (Worked 1/2 at PBD on 12-27)||3/1-1-1||Beat Greatest Honour in MSW Win / Lost by 2 to Highly Motivated|
|10||Freedom Fighter||Violence||Bob Baffert||Drayden Van Dyke||1st in MSW @ Del Mar||TBD Worked 1/2 at SA on 12-26)||1/1-0-0||Purchased for $120K at 2019 KEE Sept / Gearing Back Up / Distance?|