(Track Phantom / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
Today’s Work Crew:
1. Howling Time: This 5YO son of Not This Time ran only one time in 2023, and that was in June, but he’s on the road back to the track at Gulfstream Park for trainer Dale Romans and the Albaugh Family Stables. He got his 5th published work since returning to serious training on Jan. 10 this morning in South Florida. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.76. That was the 3rd best time out of 5. Love to see this one come back strong. He ran 4th in the Haskell Stakes in 2022, just after running 2nd in the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs.
2. Hidden Connection: This 5YO, Graded Stakes winning mare breezed in New Orleans on Sunday for trainer W. Bret Calhoun. The daughter of Connect went 4 furlongs in a pedestrian-like :51.80. That was the 36th best time out of 43 to go that distance over the dirt track. It was the 4th published work for the gal since Jan. 5. Last time out, Hidden Connection ran 6th in the G3 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston on Jan. 27. Look for more out of this one soon. In 18 lifetime tries, she has amassed a record of 4-5-1 and earned over $750,000 in purses.
3. Red Route One: This 4YO son of Gun Runner — who has earned nearly $1.2 million in the career, so far — worked at the Fair Grounds on Sunday, as well. This one — who is entered in Saturday’s G3 Mineshaft Stakes for trainer Steve Asmussen — blew out an easy half-mile in :51.40. That was 35th best out of 43 to go that far. Last time out, Red Route One wass 2nd in the G3 Louisiana Stakes here on Jan. 20. Last win came in the G3 West Virginia Derby in August of 2023.
4. Track Phantom: This son of Quality Road is firing on all cylinders heading into Saturday’s G2 Risen Star Stakes for trainer Steve Asmussen. He prepped with a work on Sunday, going 4 furlongs in :50 flat. That was 27th best of the 43. Track Phantom has won 3 in a row, capturing the G3 Lecomte at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 20 in his last out. Look out for this speedball, who wants to dominate the pace on the lead. Big race coming up.