(Finite / Photos 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.
- Amani’s Eagle, a 3YO son of American Pharoah and trained by Steve Asmussen, is one to keep an eye out for, my good friends. This one has raced only once, to date, but was a very promising 4th to Chrystal Sphere (who is from the barn of Tom Amoss, and another one on the improve). This morning Amani’s Eagle worked 5 furlongs at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans in 1:00.80. That was the 2nd best time out of 28. Look for much more out of this one next time out. I’m on him. Big time.
- Chestertown, a beautiful gray son of Tapit and also trained by Asmussen, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. The NY-bred — who has a win, two seconds and a third in the first 4 career starts — went 5 furlongs in an easy 1:01.40. That was 7th best out of the 28. Last time out, Chestertown was 2nd to Shake Some Action, a nice one trained by Brad Cox. The race before, Chestertown was second to Digital, a good one from the barn of W. Bret Calhoun. Look for the big gray to make a nice run soon.
- Finite, a 3YO daughter of Munnings and the only filly to ever beat the 2YO Champ British Idiom, was back on the track this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. This gal — who has won 5 races in a row, including 4 Stakes events — got her 2nd work since her big win in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Worked 5 furlongs over the same dirt strip this morning. Went the distance in a time of 1:01.60. that was the 12th best time out of 28. Now, she is a leading contender for this year’s KY Oaks. Special one.
- Silver State, a 3YO son of Hard Spun and a possible dark horse contender for this year’s KY Derby, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds for Team Asmussen, too. This guy — who has a 1-2-1 record in 4 career stars and is coming off a 3rd place finish in a division of the G2 Risen Star Stakes — travelled 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the 7th best time out of 28. Don’t dismiss this one. He seems to be getting better every day.
- Wexx, a 3YO daughter of Declaration of War and entered in the Allen Black Cat LaCombe Memorial Stakes at the FG this Saturday, blew out this morning in prep for the weekend. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. That was the 20th best time out of 28 to go the distance. In 6 career starts, Wexx has a 2-1-1 record and is coming off a nice win here on Feb. 13. Look out. May be back to back.
- Basin, a 3YO son of Liam’s Map and another trained by Team Asmussen, worked this morning in preparation for the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The colt breezed 6 furlongs in 1:12 flat. That was the bullet move out of 3 to go the distance. In 3 career starts to date, this one has 2 wins — including a victory in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga last September. Has not raced since then, though, and will try to overcome the long, long layoff against his adversaries. If right? If ready? This one is good.
- Chance It, a 3YO son of Currency Swap and trained by Saffie A. Joseph, Jr., worked this morning over the Gulfstream Park main track. He was scratched out of the G2 Fountain of Youth this past Saturday due to the outside post position. Now, he is supposedly being pointed to the G2 Tampa Bay Derby. Speedster went a half mile this morning in :47.28. That was the bullet move out of 23 to go the distance. Awesome performance. But I really don’t like the scratch last weekend. In 6 outings so far, he has 4 wins and 2 seconds. Lot to like. But I still don’t like the scratch. If you are going to run on the First Saturday in May? Better get used to having a bad post. Most do.