(Finite / 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.

  1. Chestertown, a beautiful gray son of Tapit and a New York-bred trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. This one, who has been dabbling on the edge of jumping into the Stakes ranks this Spring, went an easy 4 furlongs in :52 flat. That was the 34th best time out of the 38 to go. In 4 career starts to date, this one has a win, two seconds and a third. Has run two nice seconds in a row, in fact. Moved up to second behind Digital in an allowance here on Jan. 18. Came back to run a very nice second to Shake Some Action in another allowance here on Feb. 15. Last race was at 11/8 miles. Could this one jump up and give the bigger boys a try? I would consider. Love this one’s looks.
  2. Finite, winner of the Rachel Alexandra Stakes last time out over the 2YO Champ British Idiom, worked this morning for the first time since her last victory. Went an easy half mile for trainer Steve Asmussen in :51.40. That was the 30th fastest time, and was purely a maintenance move. This daughter of Munnings has now won 5 races in a row — including 4 Stakes events. Will likely try the Fair Grounds Oaks next. Kentucky awaits.
  3. Gun It, another son of Tapit and another from the barn of Asmussen, is coming off a huge 2nd in the G3 Mineshaft Stakes last time out. This guy — who cost $2.6 million for Mandy Pope to purchase as a yearling at the 2017 KEE September Sale — went an easy half mile in :52 flat, too. The 4YO may really develop into a top notch horse this year if he can figure out when and how to switch leads in the stretch. When he does? If he does? Watch out.
  4. Silver State, third-place finisher in a division of the G2 Risen Star Stakes last time out for Team Asmussen, was back on the track this morning, too. He went a half mile in :49.20. That was 9th best of the 38. He’s likely to run back in the Louisiana Derby. In 4 career starts, the son of Hard Spun has a record of 1-2-1. Look for more as he develops. Could be a “sleeper” in this 3YO crop.
  5. Chance It, a 3YO son of Currency Swap and a prime contender for this Saturday’s G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, blew out for the big test at Gulfstream Park this morning for trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. The colt breezed 3 furlongs in an eye-popping :34.68. That was the bullet time out of 9 to go the distance. Wow time. Looks primed and spirited. Too fast this morning? We shall see. That is impressive.
  6. Authentic, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and one of Team Baffert’s major players for this year’s Triple Crown series, worked at Santa Anita today. The undefeated winner of the G3 Sham Stakes breezed 6 furlongs in 1:22.80. That was the 4th best time out of 4 to go the distance. Will be interesting to see what Baffert has to say after this move. We will be watching.