(Just Might / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
(Michelle Lovell / Coady Photography)
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:
- Gimmick, a 3YO daughter of Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans and becomes the newest addition to our “Horses to Watch” group. This one — who cost $450,000 to purchase at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sale — went 3 furlongs in :37.40 That was the 6th best time out of 15 to clock the distance, and it was her first breeze since being returned to serious training. Last time out, she was 3rd to Runup and Jumeirah in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park last September. Broke the maiden in the race before at Saratoga. This one has talent. Watch her progress this Winter. More to come here.
- Cowan, a 4YO son of Kantharos and a colt closing in on $1 million in earnings for trainer Steve Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds this morn, as well. Went 4 furlongs in a maintenance-move time of :49.40. That was 30th best of the last 75. Last time out, this one was 6th at Oaklawn Park on Dec. 5. Only raced three times after returning from Saudi Arabia last Spring. Can sprint over both the dirt and the turf. Will return soon.
- Just Might, one of the best dirt/turf sprinters in the land and trained by the loverly Michelle Lovell, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning. This 6YO gelded son of Justin Philip — who is coming off back-back Stakes wins and six triumphs in the last seven races — went 4 furlongs in :49.80. That was 40th best of 75 to go that far over the main dirt track. This one is just holding form until the next appointed round. Won the first Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes last year at Churchill Downs. What a runner. What a star.
- Change of Control, another talented sprinter in the Lovell barn, worked this morning in New Orleans, as well. This 6YO daughter of Fed Biz — who is coming off back-to-back Stakes wins, including the G3 Buffalo Trace Franklin County at Keeneland — went 5 furlongs in 1:03.40. That was the 17th best of the 22. Look for this one to tackle the grass sprints this Winter/Spring at the Fair Grounds. And, she will most likely be an absolute handful. She has now earned over $739,000 in the career.
- Drain the Clock, a winner of the G1 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park last year for trainer Saffie Josephy, Jr., worked at Gulfstream Park this morning. This 4YO son of Maclean’s Music breezed 3 furlongs in :36.56. That was 13th best out of 19 to go that far over the main dirt surface. In 11 career starts, this one has 7 wins and 2 seconds. Can sprint. Can speed. Next?
- Field Pass, a 5YO son of Lemon Drop Kid and trained by Mike Maker, worked at Gulfstream Park this morning, as well. This one — who won the 2020 version of the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park and has won 3 Graded Stakes since then — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.56. That was the 8th best time out of 20 to go that far over the main dirt track. Won the G2 Seasbiscuit Stakes at Del Mar last November in the last start. Talent.
- Chasing Time, a 3YO son of Not This Time and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. This one — who is entered for later this week at the Hot Springs oval — has made 4 career starts to date. Has a win and 2 seconds. Could jump dramatically here this Spring. Take note. Our next “Horse to Watch.”
- Nashville, a brilliantly fast 5YO son of Speightstown and another trained by Team Asmussen, worked this morning in Hot Springs. Toured 4 furlongs over the dirt surface in :49.80. That was 21st out of the 38 to challenge the clocker. Two races ago, this one tried out the likes of Charlatan and Express Train in the 2020 G1 Malibu. Ran 4th in that one. Off for nearly a year, but returned to run 2nd in an allowance here on Dec. 10. Should be fitter next time out. Take note.
- Super Stock, winner of the 2021 G1 Arkansas Derby for trainer Steve Asmussen, was back at his favorite track this morn. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was 8th best of the 22 to go that far. Last time out, this one was 2nd in the Poinsettia Stakes here on Dec. 11. Before that, he won the Zia Park Derby. Has pounded out over $1.81 million in earnings. Not bad. Not bad at all.
- Newgrange, a 3YO son of Violence and winner of the G3 Sham Stakes last time out for the embattled trainer Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning. Went 3 furlongs in :36.60 — which was the 7th best time out of 20. This one is a perfect 2-for-2 in the career, but still has amassed 0 points in the race for the 2022 KY Derby. Doesn’t matter how many the guy wins, he won’t be eligible the first Saturday in May — unless the connections decide to chase the Roses with a different trainer.
- Eda, winner of 4 of 6 for Baffert and a 3YO daughter of Munnings, worked this morning at “The Great Race Place.” Went 5 furlongs on the main dirt track in 1:01.20. That was 27th best out of the 72 to try the distance. Has won 3 in a row — including the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos in the last career start. But? Yep. No points towards the 2022 KY Oaks. Hmmm.