(Finite / 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.
- Turned Aside, a 3YO son of American Pharoah and trained by Linda Rice, may be a steed worth watching. The colt has a 2-1-1 record in 5 career starts. The only time off the board was in the Atlantic Beach Stakes at Aqueduct in early November. Has been off since the end of last November, but returned to serious training at Belmont Park on Feb. 23. Has been getting stronger each morning and was impressive today when he breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.72. That was the bullet move out of 18 to go the distance. May be a couple of breezes away from a start, but bears watching.
- Chestertown, a beautiful gray son of Tapit and trained by Steve Asmussen, tuned-up for this Saturday’s G2 Louisiana Derby with a blowout work at the Fair Grounds this morning. The NY-bred breezed a half mile in a leisurely :51.20. That was 21st of 29 to go that far. In 4 career starts to date, this one has a win and 2 seconds. Stepping into the Stakes ranks for the first time. Aggressive move.
- Finite, the beautiful chestnut daughter of Munnings and also trained by Asmussen, worked in final prep for Saturday’s G2 Fair Grounds Oaks this morning. The winner of 5 straight races — including 4 Stakes — went a half mile in :50.20. That was 14th best of the 29. Spectacular. Gorgeous. Brilliant. All the superlatives.
- Silver State, another high octane contender for Saturday’s G2 Louisiana Derby from the Asmussen barn, worked this morning, as well. The 3YO son of Hard Spun went 4 furlongs in :51.20. That was the same as Chestertown. This one has a win, 2 seconds, and a third in 4 career starts. Coming off a 3rd in a division of the G2 Risen Star. Look for this one to be running at the end, and with some spirit. I like.
- Magic Dance, a 3YO daughter of More Than Ready and also trained by Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, too. This gal has 2 wins and a third in three career starts. Won the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs last June before running 3rd in the G2 Adirondack Stakes in August. Has been off from the races since then. Got her 10th published work since returning to serious training on Jan. 21. Went 6 furlongs in 1:12 flat. That was the bullet move out of 2 to clock the distance. Looks ready. Time to aim.
- Shotski, a 3YO son of Blame and another on the trail to this year’s Triple Crown, worked at Gulfstream Park this morning for trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer. Colt breezed 4 furlongs in :50.20. That was the 6th best time out of 9 to go the distance. This guy ran 4th in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes in the last outing. Before that, he was 2nd in the G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Could go in either the Florida Derby or the Wood next. Stay tuned.
- Shoplifted, another talented runner in the barn of Asmussen, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. The 3YO son of Into Mischief went 4 furlongs in :52 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 4. This guy was scheduled to run next in the Sunland Derby. But that Stakes and Derby prep has been cancelled. What’s next. Stay tuned. Something will be scheduled. Since winning the Remington Springboard Mile last December, Shoplifted has run 3rd in the Smarty Jones and 4th in the G3 Southwest Stakes. Next?
- Selflessly, a 3YO Maryland-bred daughter of More Than Ready and trained by Chad Brown, has not raced since finishing 5th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last November. This winner of the G2 Miss Grillo Stakes got her 2nd published work this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. Went 3 furlongs in :37.80. Long ways to go before a race, but back in training for one of the best grass trainers of our time.
- Concrete Rose, a brilliant daughter of Twirling Candy and trained by Rusty Arnold, also worked over the grass course at Palm Meadows this morn. The multiple Graded Stakes winning filly got her 5th published work since Feb. 17 today, going a half mile in :46.80. That was brilliant. But this is a brilliant filly. Seven career races, to date. Six wins. Wow.
- Honor A.P., a 3YO son of Honor Code and most recently an impressive 2nd to the grand Authentic in the G2 San Felipe Stakes, worked for trainer John Shirreffs at Santa Anita this morning. The colt travelled 4 furlongs in :49.40. That was the 69th best time out of 203 to go that far. Pure maintenance move. Santa Anita Derby showdown next. Watch out. Prime time TV here.
- Eight Rings, a 3YO son of Empire Maker and still a vested member of “The Baffert Bunch,” worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. The colt — who has not run since finishing 6th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November — went 5 furlongs in 1:02.80. That was the 75th best time out of 114. It was the 6th published work for this one since Feb. 13. Question is? When will he be ready to make the 2020 debut? Interesting.
- Ragtime Blues, a 3YO son of Union Rags and also trained by Baffert, may be ready to join “The Bunch.” The colt — who ran 2nd in his only previous race, to date — worked 5 furlongs this morning in a blistering :59.40. From the gate! That was the 3rd fastest time out of 114. Watch time. Could be another emerging star.
- Venetian Harbor, a 3YO filly by Munnings and (perhaps) a leading contender for this year’s KY Oaks, worked at Santa Anita for trainer Richard Baltas. This gal — who has a 2-1-0 record in 3 career starts and most recently an impressive winner of the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was 30th best of the 114. She’s a good one. A real good one.
- Tizamagician, a 3YO son of Tiznow and trained by Richard Mandella, is coming off a dull 4th place finish in the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Got his 5th training session today after that performance. Went 7 furlongs in 1:26.60. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go that far. In 7 starts, this one has only 1 win. But does have 4 seconds to add to the resume. Don’t count this one out, just yet. Mandella is due some good luck. Karma.