(Code of Honor / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
We are back looking at the daily workout schedule from around the country. Every day (Some days?), 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.
We are back…Take a look:
- Code of Honor, a 5YO son of Noble Mission and a multiple Graded Stakes winner for HOF trainer Shug McGaughey, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The G1 winner of the 2019 Jockey Club Gold Cup went an impressive 1/2-mile in :47.88 over the main dirt track. That was the bullet move out of 7 to clock this distance this morning. Last time out, this guy ran 4th in the G1 Woodward Stakes, losing by 5 lengths to Breeders’ Cup-bound Art Collector. But Code of Honor was away last in the field of 6 that day and still managed to make up some ground late. Bears watching next time out.
- Alta’s Award, a 4YO daughter of Tonalist and trained by HOF conditioner Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at Ellis Park. The Graded Stakes-placed filly — who was third in the One Dreamer Stakes at KY Downs last time out on Sept. 9 — went an easy 1/2-mile in :50 flat. That was 3rd best of 6 to go that far. This filly is entered in an allowance at KEE later this week. Bears watching. Last time in the allowance ranks, this one won at Ellis Park. In 17 lifetime tries now, has a 3-3-4 record and earnings of about $300,000.
- Henley’s Joy, a 5YO son of Kitten’s Joy and a Graded Stakes winner of over $1.1 million so far in the career, is trying to get his “A-Game” back. This one has gone 0-0-2 in 7 starts this year, and has not won since capturing the G1 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes in July of 2019. Since that glorious day, he has a couple of 3rds in allowance ranks. Worked this morning at Ellis Park. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 for Team Asmussen. Be fun to see this guy get it going again.
- Bombard, an 8YO gelded son of War Front and trained by HOFer Richard Mandella, worked at Santa Anita this morning. The old-timer (the horse, of course) ripped off 4 furlongs in :48.20, which was the 11th best work out of 46 to clock the distance. In 3 starts this year, this one has a 1-1-1 record and own the G3 Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita in May. Came back off a 4-month layup to run a game 3rd in the G3 FanDuel Turf Sprint Stakes at KY Downs last time out. Could still be in the running for a Breeders’ Cup berth. Won the Wicker Stakes there in 2019. Interesting to watch this one.
- Classier, a 3YO son of Empire Maker and trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning, as well. Went 4 furlongs in :47 flat, which was the bullet move of the day. In five career starts, this one has a 2-0-1 record and just won the G3 Los Alamitos Derby just two starts ago. Returned to run 5th in the G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar last time out. Be interesting to see where this one shows up next.
- Kamui, a 2YO son of Quality Road who did not meet the reserve price tag at the 2020 KEE September Yearling Sale despite a late bid of $875,000, worked at Santa Anita this morning, as well, for Team Baffert. Went 4 furlongs in :47 flat, as well. This one has a win and a third in two starts so far and is coming off a MSW victory last time out at Los Alamitos. This one originally sold for $400,000 as a weanling at Keeneland in November of 2019. Agent Donato Lanni purchased him then. Has a long way to go to recoup this investment. But has showed promise.
- Rockefeller, a 2YO son of Medaglia d’Oro and another trained by Baffert, was in the hunt for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile starting gate after an impressive victory in the career debut at Del Mar in August. Came back to run a very tiring 4th to his stablemate Corniche in the G1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1. Worked this morning for the first time since the last race. Went 4 furlongs in an impressive :47.20. That was the 3rd best time. Be interesting to see where this one goes next. Still on course? Hmmm.
- Eda, a 2YO daughter of Munnings and runner-up in the G2 Sorrento Stakes in just the 2nd career start, worked this morning at Santa Anita for the Baffert group. Went 5 furlongs in an impressive :59.80, which was the bullet time out of 37 to go that far. Lost the Sorrento — which was 6 furlongs over the dirt at Del Mar — by just a head to Elm Drive, a Mohaymen filly trained by Phillip d’Amato. Came back to run a disappointing 5th as the PT favorite in the 7-furlong G1 Del Mar Debutante the next time out. That was won by Grace Adler, another Baffert pupil who won by over 11 lengths that day. Where does Eda show up next? Stay tuned.
- Harvest Moon, a multiple Graded Stakes winner for trainer Simon Callaghan who has not raced since finishing 3rd in the G2 Santa Margtarita Stakes at Santa Anita back in April, worked this morning at “The Great Race Place.” The 4YO daughter of Uncle Mo went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of 37 to go that distance in 9th published work since being returned to serious training on Aug. 15. Looks about ready to pop. Should be up soon. Good to have her back.