(Basin winning the G1 Hopeful Stakes / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

(The beautiful Alandra before the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland last October / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

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.

  1. Basin, a 3YO son of Liam’s Map and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Keeneland this morning in preparation for the upcoming G2 Blue Grass Stakes in Lexington. The colt, who just ran 2nd to Charlatan in the G1 Arkansas Derby, breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. That was the 3rd best time out of 13 to cover the distance. In 6 career starts now, the colt has a record of 2-2-1 and has earned nearly $500,000. In 3 starts this year, Basin is getting better and better. Looks like he may be sitting on his best effort yet.
  2. Alandra, a 3YO filly by Blame and trained by HOF conditioner Shug McGaughey for the ownership team of Helen Alexander and Helen Groves, worked at Belmont Park this morning. She went a half mile in :49.53, which was the 2nd best time out of 15 to go that far. It was the first published work in 22 days, too. In 6 career starts, she has a 2-1-1 record and does have a third in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland last October. Last time out, she won an allowance at Belmont Park on June 11. Looks like she is gearing up a great summer. Watch this one.
  3. Code of Honor, a G1 Stakes winner for the McGaughey barn, worked this morning at Belmont Park, too. He went 4 furlongs in :49.73, which was the 5th best time out of the 15. Last time out, the colt won the G3 Westchester Stakes at the “Big Sandy,” to kick start the 2020 campaign. Over 11 career starts now, the 4YO son of Noble Mission — who is owned by Ambassador Will S. Farish — has 6 wins, 2 seconds and a third. Has over $2.4 million in earnings. Look for more.
  4. Mr Freeze, a 5YO son of To Honor and Serve and winner of more than $1.427 million in the career, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Dale Romans. The horse went 4 furlongs in :49.60, which was the 4th best time out of 9 to clock the distance. Over the last seven starts — all Graded Stakes — Mr Freeze has hit the board in each, with two wins; three seconds and two thirds. Last time out, he was 3rd n the G2 Oaklawn Handicap.
  5. Complexifier, a 3YO son of Overanalyze and trained by Brian Lynch, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. The colt — who has yet to make his 2020 debut — went 5 furlongs over the dirt track in 1:00.20. That was the bullet move out of 13, and it marked the 7th published work since he was returned to serious training on May 15. In 5 career starts, this one has a 2-1-2 record and when last seen on the racetrack in the afternoons, he was 3rd in the Buffalo Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park last November.
  6. Ragtime Blues, a 3YO son of Union Rags and a speedster in the barn of Team Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The colt — who just ran 2nd to Collusion Illusion in the G3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita on June 20 — went 4 furlongs in a brisk :47.40. This work comes just 9 days after the race, and it was the bullet move out of 19 to cover the distance. Interesting approach. See what’s next.