(Code of Honor / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Max Player / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
(Midnight Bisou / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(Echo Town / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
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.
- Forty Under, a 4YO son of Uncle Mo and trained by Jeremiah Englehart, worked at Belmont Park this morning. If you can remember back to 2018, this guy ran in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs — just a race after winning the G3 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park. Unfortunately for all the connections, he ran 6th in the BC and has not won a race since. Been 2nd once. Worked 3/8ths this morning, going the distance in :38.44. That was 7th best of 19. Here’s hoping that he can regain some form. Be nice to see a comeback.
- Complexity, a 4YO son of Maclean’s Music and trained by Chad Brown, worked this morning at Belmont Park, as well. This guy — who won an allowance race at Belmont on July 2 in the 2020 debut — went an easy half mile in :50.63. That was the 2nd best time, though, out of 11 to clock the distance. In 2018, this guy won the G1 Champagne Stakes in just his second start and in 2019 he ran 4th in the G1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita. Lost to Omaha Beach, Roadster and Manny Was in that one. Here’s hoping that his comeback is successful, too.
- Max Player, who may be a huge player in this year’s version of the 2020 Kentucky Derby for trainer Linda Rice, worked at Belmont Park today, too. The 3YO son of Honor Code ripped off 6 furlongs in 1:14.40. That was the bullet move at the distance. In 4 lifetime starts, this KY-bred has 2 wins, a second and a third. Most recently, he ran a game third to Tiz the Law in the G1 Belmont Stakes. That was his first start in over 4 months. Look for more out of this one. Not without a chance. A big one, in my book.
- Billy Batts, a 3YO son of City Zip and trained by Steve Asmussen, is coming off a third-place finish to the dis disqualfied Letmeno and the moved-up winner Acre. Billy only lost by a length and a neck for all of it. Remember back to last November, and Billy was 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf to Structor, who has not and will not race at all this year due to injuries. This morning, Billy Batts worked at Churchill Downs and covered 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 5th best time out of 19. Be interesting to see where Team Asmussen points this one next. Talent here. But may be best on the sod. Time will tell.
- His Glory, a 3YO daughter of Mineshaft and now in the barn of trainer Joe Sharp, worked at the Churchill Downs’ Training Center on Monday morn. This one ran 2nd in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes last September, but has been off and on ever since. Ran 13th in the G3 Regret Stakes last time out in a debacle of a performance. Worked this morning, going 4 furlongs in :49.40. That was the 3rd best time out of 7. Be interesting to see where she goes next.
- Gingham, a 3YO daughter of Quality Road and trained by Team Baffert, worked at Del Mar today. The late, late May foal — who ran 2nd to Venetian Harbor in the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes two starts ago and then won the Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita in her last outing — went 5 furlongs in a nice 1:00.40. That was the 7th best time out of 49. Could this one be another on the road to the KY Oaks? Could be.
- Golden Principal, a 3YO daughter of Constitution and another trained by Baffert, was brilliant this morning at Del Mar. The Florida-bred powerhouse — who won on debut at Del Mar last November and then came back to run third in the Santa Ynez last time out in January — drilled 5 furlongs in a spectacular :58.60 from the gate. It was the 9th published work since June and the bullet move of the day. Watch out here. Watch. Out.
- Flying Aletha, a 2YO daughter of Tiznow and owned in part by CJ Thoroughbreds and Mike Schnell, worked at Keeneland this morning for trainer Wesley Ward. This gal — who won on debut at Gulfstream Park before shipping to Royal Ascot for her last outing — went 4 furlongs over the main dirt track in :48 flat. That was the 5th best time out of 14 to clock the distance. Look for more out of this one soon. Talent here.
- Echo Town, a 3YO son of Speightstown and a game rascal who has a 3-2-1 record in the first 6 career starts, worked at Saratoga this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. This guy — who was second in the G1 Woody Stephens Stakes to the brilliant No Parole last time out and who ran second in the Bachelor Stakes to the brilliant Long Weekend just three starts ago — went 3 furlongs in :38.29. That was the 6th best time out of 9 to go that far. This one may face the Tom Amoss’ monsters again soon in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes. Soon.
- Code of Honor, a 4YO son of Noble Mission and trained by HOFer Shug McGaughey, worked this morning at Saratoga, as well. The multiple Graded Stakes winner — who was third in the G1 Metropolitan Handicap last time out and won the G3 Westchester Stakes in the 2020 debut before that — went 4 furlongs in a maintenance-move time of :49.04. That was the 4th best time out of 31 to go that distance. In 12 lifetime starts, this one has 6 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds. In two previous starts at Saratoga? Broke the maiden in 2018. Won the G1 Travers Stakes in 2019. Loves “The Spa.” Take note.
- Creed, a 3YO son of Honor Code and also trained by McGaughey, is a rapidly-improving type that some say could jump up and run in the 2020 Kentucky Derby. To date, he has made 3 starts — all this year — and has 2 wins and a second. Problem is, the colt does not have any points to get in this year’s Derby. Won an allowance last time out for the second win in a row. Worked 4 furlongs at Saratoga today in :50.45. That was 20th best of 31. Be interesting to see where this one goes next. Stakes? Big boys? Derby points?
- Midnight Bisou, one of the best fillies and mares to ever grace a racetrack, breezed at Saratoga this morning, too. The 5YO daughter of Midnight Lute went 4 furlongs in :50.55. That was the 22nd best time out of 31. In two starts this year, the lady ran 2nd to Maximum Security in Saudi Arabia and then bested the rest in the G2 Fleur de Lis Stakes at Churchill Downs. Next?