(Covfefe winning at Churchill Downs / 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.
- Channel Cat, a 4YO English Channel colt trained by Todd Pletcher for the historic Calumet Farm, worked at Belmont Park this morning in a final tune-up for the Breeders’ Cup Turf next week at Santa Anita. In the last two outings, this one has run 3rd in the G1 Sword Dancer and 4th in the G1 Joe Hirsch Stakes. But, before that, he won the G2 Bowling Green Stakes at Saratoga back in July. This guy worked this morning, going 4 furlongs over the dirt training track in :49.44. That was the 13th best time out of 38 to go the distance. Channel Cat has only 1 win and 2 thirds in 6 starts this year, but he has a record of 5-2-4 in 18 career outings.
- Coal Front, another talented runner from the shedrow of Pletcher, worked at Belmont Park this morning, as well. This 5YO son of Stay Thirsty breezed a half mile over the dirt training track, as well, going the distance in :50.95. That was the 30th best time out of 38 to go that far. In 5 starts this year, he has 3 wins and has nearly $2 million in earnings for the career. Coal Front is coming off a win in the Parx Dirt Mile Stakes in the last out.
- Vino Rosso, a contender for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, worked at Belmont Park this morning, too. This 4YO son of Curlin went 4 furlongs in :48.40, which was the 3rd best time out of 38 to clock the distance. Over the last 3 starts this year, Vino Rosso has a win in the G1 Santa Anita Gold Cup; a 3rd to McKinzie in the G1 Whitney Stakes; and a 2nd to Code of Honor in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Seems formidable going into the Breeders’ Cup. Win over the track has to help. Right?
- British Idiom, winner of the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in her last start and now a leading contender for the BC Juvenile Fillies, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox. This daughter of Flashback — who is a perfect 2-for-2 to start the career — worked a half mile in :48.40. That was the 13th best time out of 103 to go that far this morning. Look out here. This one may be just scratching the surface, and this barn sure knows how to train fillies.
- Got Stormy, a mucho talented 4YO filly by Get Stormy and trained by Mark Casse, got her last tuneup for the Breeders’ Cup this morning at Churchill Downs. This gal — who beat the boys two races back in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap and ran second against the guys in the G1 Woodbine Mile in the last out — went 4 furlongs in a brisk and impressive :47.40. That was the 2nd best time out of 103 to go that distance today. A talent.
- Perfect Alibi, a top 2YO filly trained by Mark Casse, worked this morning under the Twin Spires, too. In 5 career starts to date, she has 3 wins and 2 seconds and is coming off a 2nd in the G1 Alcibiades. She breezed 4 furlongs in :50 flat. That was the 69th best time out of 103 to go the distance.
- Scabbard, a 2YO son of More Than Ready and runner-up to the heavily-touted Dennis’ Moment in the G3 Iroquois Stakes in the last outing, got his final tuneup for the BC Juvenile at Churchill Downs. He went 4 furlongs in :49.40, which was 47th best of 103. This one is likely to get overlooked in the betting next Friday. But pay attention here. Improving sort who should relish the extra ground.
- Serengeti Empress, winner of this year’s KY Oaks for trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning at Churchill Downs in final prep for the Breeders’ Cup. The rapid-fire filly went a half mile in :47.60 — which was the 4th best time out of the 103. This gal ran 6th in the G1 Cotillion Stakes last time out, but that is the same track surface where Monomoy Girl got DQ’d over a year ago. Funny track for some to adjust to, and adapt. Has two 2nd in the G1 Acorn and the G1 Test since the KY Oaks. Contender.
- Whitmore, an old war horse and Breeders’ Cup veteran, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Ron Moquett. The 6YO son of Pleasantly Perfect toured 4 furlongs in :49.80 — which was the 62nd best time out of 103. A final decision on shipping West for the BC Sprint has yet to be made for this one, who just ran a fast-closing second in the G2 Phoenix at KEE. I would think that he would make the trip. He has the right style, and did run 2nd in last year’s Sprint.
- Covfefe, another contender for the BC Distaff or the Fillies & Mares Sprint, worked this morning in Louisville for trainer Brad Cox. The 3YO daughter of Into Mischief breezed 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.80. That was the bullet move out of 55 to go that far. Looks promising. Talent galore here. No matter where Cox puts here, she is likely to run a big one.