(Basin winning the G1 Hopeful Stakes / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
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.
- Basin, a 3YO son of Liam’s Map and trained by Steve Asmussen, appears in “The Pressbox’s KY Derby Rankings” this week. And, rightfully so. The colt, who has 2 wins and a second in three career starts last year, is coming off a win in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga last September. Has been idle since. But he beat the likes of Shoplifted in that last run by over 6 lengths, and got his 2nd published work since returning to serious training here on Jan. 15. Went 4 furlongs today in :51 flat, which was a full 1.5 seconds faster than what he timed just 5 days ago. Look for this one to pick up the pace in the next few weeks. Future? Uncertain. But talented.
- Major Fed, a 3YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Greg Foley, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Went a very nice half mile in :48.80, which was the 12th best time out of 52 to clock the distance. This guy broke the maiden in his second race here on Jan. 1. Ran off to a near 5-length win in doing it, too. That was going 11/16-miles over the main track. Look for this one to jump it up in class next time out. Bears watching. Seriously. This one could be really good.
- No Parole, a 3YO son of Violence and maybe one of the best Louisiana-breds to come along in years, worked this morning for trainer Tom Amoss. Went an easy half mile in :50 flat, in a pure maintenance move. That was 33rd out of the 52. This one is undefeated after the first two starts and won the last race — against LA-breds only, mind you — by a whopping 131/4 lengths as the odds-on favorite. May be time to chase the big boys with this one. Amoss may be ready to give him that chance, too.
- Tenfold, a 5YO son of Tapit and trained by Asmussen, may make his next start in the G1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park. If so, he tuned up this morning at the Fair Grounds. Went an easy half mile in :51 flat. That was 43rd best of the 52. This one has been a little suspect ever since he won the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes in 2018 and ran third to Justify in the G1 Preakness Stakes. But? The talent has always been there, or close to there. Last time out was 4th in the Tenacious Stakes. Next? World Cup seems a little ambitious. But why not, right?
- Engage, a 5YO son of Into Mischief and also trained by Asmussen, worked 5 furlongs this morning at the Fair Grounds. Went the distance is a brisk 1:00.60. That was the 3rd best time out of 37 to cover that distance of ground. It was his 6th published work since he finished 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita last November. Earned a spot in that race off a nice win in the G2 Phoenix Stakes at KEE last October. In 13 career starts now, Engage has a record of 5-4-0 and has earned nearly $750,000 in purses. Ready to return soon.
- Letmeno, a 3YO son of Twirling Candy and trained by Ian Wilkes, worked at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida this morning. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 2nd best time out of 10 to clock the distance. Last time out, this one was 4th in the G2 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs last September. That race was won by Dennis’ Moment. Before that, Letmeno was 2nd in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes. Runner-up to Rowdy Yates in that one. Be interesting to see where this one shows up next. Looks about ready.
- Sole Volante, a 3YO son of Karakontie and trained by Patrick Biancone, is coming off a 3rd place finish in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 4. was beaten less than 3 lengths by Chance It in that one. Plus, this guy went 5 wide to make the move under the ride of Luca Panici. Came back today to work 7 furlongs at the Palm Meadows Training facility. That move was over the turf, which the trainer has done before. Went the distance in 1:22.25, which was the bullet move of the day. Look for this one to show up again soon. Interesting sort. Bears watching.