(Corona Bolt / Photo Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country to see who may be preparing for their next race.  Some of the horses that we track will be familiar to you.  Some of them, though, you may not know — but should.  We will note their current morning prep and make other comments about their backgrounds and pedigrees.  If you have a horse that you would like to add to our list, please let us know.

Here is a closer look at today’s list:

  1. Weyhill Road, a 3YO son of Quality Road and trained by Shug McGaughey, may be a “Horse to Watch” in the near future. The colt — who sold for a whopping $1.6 million at the 2021 KEE September Yearling Sale — has made two starts to the career so far, and neither has been great. Ran 4th in the career debut last October at KEE, but was behind winner Victory Formation that day. That’s the same guy that was a perfect 3-for-3 going in as the PT favorite for the G2 Risen Star last Saturday. Weyhill Road ran 5th in the 2nd career start at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 14. Was in a strong contending position for much of that race before fading late in the proceedings. Next time out could be the one. Worked this morning at Gulfstream Park. Went a half-mile in :48.19. That was the 3rd best time out of 8 to try the distance. Some of the same folks that combined forces to own and race the great Flightline are in on this one, too. Bears watching.
  2. Red Hot Rod, a 3YO son of Mendelssohn and trained by Wesley Ward, worked at Turfway Park this morning. This talented guy has not run since finishing 2nd in the career debut at Woodbine last May. Was beaten 4 lengths that day, but went to the sidelines afterwards. Has 3 published works now after being returned to serious training on Feb. 6. Looks to be getting geared up. Went 3 furlongs today in :38.40 from the gate. That was the 5th best time out of 10 to clock the distance. Look out for this one soon.
  3. Green Millennium, a 3YO son of Curlin and another in the barn of Ward, worked lights out over the Tapeta course at Turfway Park this a.m. This one — who has a 3rd in only career start to date — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. That was the fastest time trial out of the first 11 to test the distance. This was the 6th published work this Winter and the first since the colt ran 2nd at Mahoning Valley on Feb. 1. Look for more out of this one soon.
  4. Daring Do, a 3YO Into Mischief filly and a homebred for the Lael Stables, worked at Turfway Park for Ward, as well. This gal, who was 3rd in her career debut on Jan. 18 here, went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. That was 8th best of the 11. But do not worry. This one has talent and could be a nice one, yet. Keep an eye out for entries soon.
  5.  Corona Bolt, still a contender on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and a 3YO son of Bolt d’Oro, worked at Oaklawn Park on Sunday. The talented colt — who has 2 wins in 3 lifetime starts — went 4 furlongs in :48.60. That was the 20th best time out of 130 to go that distance. In only start this year, Corona Bolt ran a disappointing 6th in the G3 Southwest Stakes here on Jan. 28. But that was over a very deep and sloppy racetrack and it didn’t appear to be to this one’s liking. Look for a rebound performance next outing.
  6. Jace’s Road, who struggled home 5th in the same slop in the Southwest Stakes for trainer Brad Cox, worked at Oaklawn Park on Sunday, as well. Went the same distance in the same time as his stablemate, Corona Bolt. Both of these could turn the tables next time out, if they can catch a dry and faster surface. Coming soon.
  7. Red Route One, a 3YO son of Gun Runner and trained by Steve Asmussen, is coming off an impressive 2nd in the Southwest Stakes. In 6 lifetime tries, though, this one has a record of 1-1-1. Not overly inspiring. But the last out was a rapid improvement and the work at Oaklawn on Sunday was workmanlike :50.40 for the half-mile. That was 90th best out of the 130.
  8. Wet Paint, a 3Yo daughter of Blame and another trained by Team Cox, is one to watch. Definitely. She has gone 2-1-0 in the first four career starts and just won the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 28. Throw out the debacle at KY Downs to begin the career? Right there every time. Home bred of Godolphin Stables may be on the road to the KY Oaks soon. Take note. Worked at Oaklawn Park on Sunday. Went 5 furlongs in a brilliant :59.80. That was the bullet move out of 51 to go that distance.