(Trainer Brad Cox conditions Moonlit Garden / 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.
On Friday, Nov. 22:
- Moonlit Garden, a 5YO daughter by Malibu Moon and trained by Brad Cox, worked over the sloppy track at Churchill Downs this morning. She went a half mile in :49.20, who was the 3rd best time out of 23 to clock the distance this morning. In 7 starts this year, Moonlit Garden has only one win. But she has 2 seconds and 3 thirds to add to the resume, and has collected over $211,000 in purses. Last time out, she was 3rd in the G3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Aqueduct. Before that, she was second to Mylady Curlin (see below) in the G3 Locust Grove here at Churchill Downs.
- Art Collector, a 2YO son of Bernardini and trained by Joe Sharp, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, too. This one — who ran second on debut at Saratoga in August and then broke the maiden impressively over the hills and dales of KY Downs in September — went a half mile in :48.40. That was the bullet move out of 23 to clock the distance this a.m. Connections may be looking to help kick-start this guy back to their lofty expectations after a 7th in the G3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at KEE in October and a most-recent 6th at Churchill Downs on Nov. 9. The last race was 6.5-furlongs over the dirt. May get back to the grass soon. Watch for that angle.
- Pretty Plum, a 2YO daughter of More Than Ready who sold for $275,000 at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2018, may be one to keep an eye out for in the near future. The youngster got her 3rd published work of the young career at Keeneland this morning, clocking 4 furlongs in a brisk :47.80 from the gate. That was the bullet move out of the first 2 to go the distance. The dam of Pretty Plum is Really and Truly, a Pulpit mare who really could run. In just 3 lifetime starts, she had 2 wins and a second. In her last race, she was Stakes-Placed at Remington Park. The 2nd dam is Vow That Binds, another one who raced only 3 times in the career. That mare — by Miswaki — had 2 wins and a third. All of her races came at Delaware Park. The 3rd dam is Wedding Vow, who had a 1-2-0 mark in 6 career starts. This one is by Nijinsky. Look at the pedigree. This is an old Pin Oak Farm female family and is good to the bone.
On Thursday, Nov. 21:
- Seeking the Soul, now a 6YO son of Perfect Soul and trained by Dallas Stewart, is back home at Churchill Downs and prepping for the Fall Classic at Churchill Downs — the Clark Handicap. He ran third in this G1 event last year after finishing 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. This year is a bit different. In the last 3 starts, Seeking the Soul has finished 7th in the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar; 4th in the G1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita; and 6th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the last outing. Last win? Came in the G2 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs in June. Has won over $3.4 million in the career, and looking for more. Prepped on Thursday with a 5 furlong move in a brisk :59.80. That was the bullet time out of 17 to go the distance. It was his second published work since returning home from the Breeders’ Cup.
- Mylady Curlin, a 4YO Curlin filly trained by Brad Cox, ran 2nd to Sally’s Curlin in a tussle all the way to the wire in the G3 Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2. Mylady Curlin came back to work on Thursday, as well, going an easy half-mile in :49.40. That was 16th best of 32. It was her second published work since the last race. In 9 races this year, Mylady Curlin has 5 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds and has nearly $500,000 in earnings in 2019 alone. Good one looking for more.
- Go Google Yourself, a 4YO Into Mischief filly trained by Paul McGee, worked at Churchill Downs on Thursday, too. This one — who has won 2 Stakes in a row, including the G3 Locust Grove under the Twin Spires on Sept. 14 — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was 9th best of the 17. Since the last race, this filly now has posted 7 works in the a.m. Looks like she is sitting on “Go.” As in? Google Yourself.