(Magic Dance / 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.
- Magic Dance, a 3YO daughter of More Than Ready and trained by Brad Cox, worked 5 furlongs this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The talented Stakes winner went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 — which was the 4th best time out of 15 to go the distance this morning. This gal — who won the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs last June before running 3rd in the G2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga in August — has been away from the races for 6 months now. Today’s work was her 7th published work since returning to serious training in mid-January. Looks ready. And, poised.
- Amy’s Challenge, a 5YO daughter of Artie Schiller and trained by McLean Robertson, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. The multiple Graded Stakes placed winner of 6 races went 5 furlongs in :59.60. That was the bullet move out of 8 to go the distance. In her last race, the American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn on Feb. 1, Amy’s Challenge ran 4th. But that was her first start in 9 months. Before that start, she last ran 3rd in the G1 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill Downs last May. Look for more out of this one next time out. She looked outstanding this morning.
- Vekoma, winner of the G2 Blue Grass Stakes at KEE last April, worked this morning at the Palm Beach Downs Training Center in South Florida. The 4YO son of Candy Ride, who is trained by George Weaver, went a half mile in :48.29. That was the bullet move out of 6 to clock the distance. It was the 5th published work for the multiple Graded Stakes winner since returning to serious training on Jan. 20. After the Blue Grass last Spring, Vekoma ran a disappointing 12th in the G1 KY Derby. Has not raced since. But he is starting to look and act like his old self. In 5 career starts to date, he has 3 wins and a third. Good to see him back soon.
- Point of Honor, a 4YO daughter of Curlin and another Graded Stakes winner for trainer George Weaver, worked at the PBD today, too. This gal went 5 furlongs in 1:00.06 — which was the bullet move of the day. Point of Honor has not started since she was 2nd in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga last August. Was beaten less than 3 lengths by Dunbar Road in that one, and she finished ahead of Street Band. Look for more out of this filly in 2020.
- First Premio, a 6YO son of Pure Prize and a Stakes winner by trade for the barn of Mark Casse, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center. The last time this one was seen racing in the afternoon, he ran 4th in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at KEE. Before that, he was 3rd in the Tourist Mile at KY Downs. Today, First Premio worked a half mile in :49.70 from the gate. That was the 11th best time out of 22. It was the 5th published work since he returned to training on Jan. 16. About ready soon.
- Haikal, a 4YO son of Daaher and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows training facility, too. He went a half mile in :48 flat — which was the bullet move out of 22 to go the distance. This one won the G3 Gotham Stakes last March and then ran 3rd in the G2 Wood Memorial. Came back off a 9 month layup to run 2nd in an allowance race at Aqueduct in January. Look for more out of this one next time out. In 6 career starts to date, he has a 3-2-1 record. More to come.
- Tizamagician, a 3YO son of Tiznow and trained by Richard Mandella, worked at Santa Anita this morning. This guy — who was 4th in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes last time out — went a maintenance move in a time of :50.60 for 4 furlongs. That was the 43rd best time out of 55. In 7 career starts to date, Tizamagician has only one win. But he does have 4 seconds. Don’t be surprised if he gives the “Derby Trail” one more try soon.
- Eight Rings, one of the many talented 3YO colts in the barn of Team Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. The 3YO son of Empire Maker went 5 furlongs in 1:00.20. That was the 2nd best time out of 66 to go that far. It was the second straight work for this colt since he started back last week. Eight Rings — who won the G1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita last September before running 6th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile — is still a few works away, but don’t be surprised how quickly this one comes to hand. Worth watching.