(Epicenter / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
(Echo Zulu / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
We are back looking at the daily workout schedule from around the country. Every day (Some days?), 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.
We are back…Take a look:
- Jaxon Traveler, a very accomplished Maryland-bred son of Munnings and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The multiple Graded Stakes placed winner of over $448,000 already went 5 furlongs in 1:02.65. That was the bullet time out of 5 to negotiate the distance. This guy has run in 11 Stakes events in a row and has amassed a record of 5-4-3 in 13 career starts. Nice. Very nice.
- Cowan, a 4YO son of Kantharos and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans this morn. This one — who was moved up to first in the Duncan F. Kenner Stakes in a very questionable Stewards’ decision before finishing 6th last time out in the Colonel Power Stakes — put in a 4 furlongs move in :51.60. That was a pure maintenance move for this grass sprinter and it was the 48th best time out of 52 to clock the distance. Be interesting to see where this one goes next.
- Epicenter, a 3YO son of Not This Time and another from the barn of Team Asmussen, worked for the first time since winning the G2 Risen Star Stakes in fine fashion. Went a very easy 4 furlongs in :52 flat. That was the 49th best time out of the 52. In 5 career starts now, this one has a 3-1-0 record and looks to be getting faster and better. How far will he go on top? Time will decide. But stock on the rise.
- Gilded Ruler, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Brad Cox, made a nice move this morning at the Fair Grounds. Went 4 furlongs in :48.20, which was the 5th best time out of the 52 to go the distance. But, more impressively, was the ease and grace in which he covered the ground. This guy is a “Pressbox Horse to Watch.” Has raced 3 times so far. Never off the board. But this Juddmonte home-bred looks Stakes caliber.
- Higher Standard, another son of Into Mischief and trained by Tom Amoss, looks to be another one headed for higher ground. Worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. Went the half-mile in :48.60. That was the 11th best time. In 4 starts so far, this one has a 2-1-0 mark. Look for more. Soon.
- Echo Zulu, a 3YO daughter of Gun Runner and undefeated in four starts as a 2YO a year ago, worked this morning in New Orleans for Team Asmussen. Went 5 furlongs in a spright 1:01.80. That was the 12th best time out of the 24 to go the distance. It was the 4th published work since being returned to serious training in early February. In 4 career starts? Has 3 G1 wins — including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
- Roadster, now a 6YO son of Quality Road and now trained by Michael Stidham, worked this morning in New Orleans, as well. The former Baffert trainee went 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.80. That was the 3rd best time out of 24 to go that far. This one has not won a race since winning the G1 Santa Anita Derby way, way back in 2019. After running 15th in the KY Derby that same year, he has 4 seconds; a third; and 3 fourths. All in Stakes company. A survivor. Yeah. Rooting for this one.
- Adare Manor, a 3YO daughter of Uncle Mo and trained by the embattled Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning. The winner of the G3 Las Virgenes Stakes last time out went 5 furlongs in typical Baffert speed trial time of :59.40. That was the bullet out of 6 to go the distance. Be interesting to see where this one shows up next. Not eligible, currently, for the KY Oaks.