(Honor Marie / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

1. Booth: This 3YO son of Motile broke the maiden at first asking last October at Keeneland, winning by nearly 6 lengths. Defeated the highly-respected Nash in that event, who ran 2nd. Trainer Steve Asmussen sent Booth out at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans this morning, and the colt went an easy 4 furlongs in :51.80. That was 42nd best out of 43 to clock the distance today, but there was a clear and definitive reason for the pedestrian like work today. This colt is entered to run on Sunday at Oaklawn Park in an Allowance-Optional Claimer. Look forward to that race. After breaking the maiden, this guy was 5th in the Ed Brown Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25. This will be his 3YO debut. Interesting.

2. Honor Marie: A 3YO son of Honor Code, and trained by D. Whitworth Bechman, is scheduled to be pointed to the G2 Risen Star Stakes next out. This guy has not started since Nov. 25, when he won the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs and stamped himself an early favorite for the First Saturday in May. In three career starts now, this one has won twice and was 2nd in an allowance, too. All of those starts were at Churchill Downs. Honor Marie was purchased for a mere $40,000 at the 2022 Kentucky September Sale. On Monday, he covered 5 furlongs in a perky 1:01 flat. That was the 7th best time out of 24 to record an official work. This was the 6th recorded work since being returned to serious training on Dec. 31. Look out here.

3. American Rascal: This 3YO son of Curlin and another in the barn of the Hall of Fame Trainer Asmussen went an easy 3 furlongs today at the Fair Grounds. Clocked the distance in :38.60, which was 9th of 10 to go that distance. This one is entered in the Ozark Stakes on Saturday at Oaklawn Park. Last time out, he ran 2nd in the Sugar Bowl Stakes at the Fair Grounds, after winning the Zia Park Juvenile last November. Seems as if this one is a sprinter type, at least for now. But he is out of Lady Aurelia, who happened to win two Group 1 Stakes when in France and England.

4. Ryvit: This Graded Stakes winning 4YO colt worked at Oaklawn Park for Team Asmussen today. Went 4 furlongs in :49.60, which was the 9th best time out of 22 to clock the distance. This one has won 6 of 13 lifetime starts and earned over $664,000 so far. The son of Competitive Edge was purchased at the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sale in 2021 for a modest $70,000. Has not started since December. But looks about ready for the 2024 debut. Stay tuned.

5. Unifying: This Stakes winner, trained by Riley Mott, worked at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida this morn. Went 4 furlongs in a slow and steady :51.90 over the dirt track there. That was the top time out of 2 to go the distance. It was the filly’s 3rd published work this year and this one may be ready to resume racing soon. Has not been out since Dec. 30, when she was 3rd in the Rampart Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Won the Leslie’s Lady Stakes at Ellis Park last Summer.

6. Knightsbridge: This son of Nyquist broke the MSW at first ask last November for trainer Bill Mott at Churchill Downs. Won that 7-furlong event by a whopping 101/2 lengths. Wow. Did that despite being steadied between horses early in the going. This is a Horse to Watch. Got his 3rd work since being returned to serious training on Jan. 12. Went 4 furlongs at Payson Park in a time of :48.80. That was 2nd best out of 3 to go the distance. Progressing well. Be interesting to see where this one show’s up next. Time is of the essence. Right?