(Tenfold / 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.
- Smart Remark, a multiple Graded Stakes placed winner of over $360,000, worked at Keeneland this morning. The 5YO son of First Defense and trained by Victoria Oliver went 4 furlongs in :48 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 18 to go the distance today. In 21 lifetime starts, this one has a 3-4-2 mark. Was 11th in the only 2020 start to date, in the G3 Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park. But was 2nd in the Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes at KY Downs last September. Has some run in the legs over the turf.
- Borracho, a 4YO son of Uncle Mo and trained by Rusty Arnold, also worked at Keeneland this morning. The third-place finisher in the G1 Woody Stephens Stakes last summer went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the 3rd best time out of 7. This guy was owned by the famed and illustrious Preston Madden, who sadly passed away last week. All our condolences.
- Shoplifted, a 3YO colt by Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. He went 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in a time of 1:01 flat. That was the 4th best clocking out of 13 to test the distance. In 8 career starts to date, this one has a 2-1-1 record and earnings nearing $450,000. But since winning the Springboard Mile at Remington Park last December, Shoplifted has run 3rd in the Smarty Jones; 4th in the G3 Southwest Stakes; and 5th in the Oaklawn Stakes. Not the trajectory that you are looking for if you want to stay on the “Road to the KY Derby.” Look for another test soon.
- Tenfold, a 5YO son of Curlin and a winner of over $1.058 million in purses, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning, too. The dark bay colt breezed the same distance and time and his younger stablemate (above). In two starts this year, Tenfold has a 6th place finish in the G1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park and a 3rd in the G2 New Orleans Classic at the Fair Grounds. In the later, he lost by about 31/2 lengths to By My Standards — who just may be the best older horse in training today. Look for Tenfold to ship to Churchill Downs soon and join the Team Asmussen barn on the backside.