(Code of Honor / 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.
- Code of Honor, a 3YO son of Noble Mission and trained by Shug McGaughey, is gearing up for the Breeders’ Cup Classic now. The colt — coming off 3 straights wins in the G3 Dwyer Stakes, the G1 Travers Stakes and the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes — worked at Belmont Park this morning. Went 5 furlongs is a tidy 1:00.20. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go over the main dirt track. In 9 lifetime starts, this one has a record of 5-2-1 now and has all the momentum going into the Classic. Has proven worthy.
- Sprawl, impressive winner of a MSW event at Keeneland in the last outing, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Bill Mott. The 2YO son of City Zip zipped 4 furlongs in :49.80 — which was the 33rd best time out of 48 to breeze the distance. The Claiborne Farm home bred may be tough next time out, too. Just consider that the loss two races back at Churchill Downs on Sept. 14 came to Maxfield — now being pointed to the BC Juvenile.
- Mia Mischief, the 4YO daughter of Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, is coming off a disappointing 3rd place finish in the G2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 5. Looked poised to make a serious run in that one and stamp herself a legit threat in the BC Filly & Mare Sprint, but faltered in the late going and finished behind both Spiced Perfection and Dawn the Destroyer. Tuned up a bit for the BC this morn with a 5-furlong move in :59.80. That was the bullet move out of 18 to go the distance. She has it in her when she wants to turn on the jets. Does she want it all the time? Legit question.
- Street Band, winner of the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx the last time out, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The 3YO daughter of Istan and trained by J. Larry Jones went 5 furlongs in :59.80. That was a tie with the work of Mia Mischief for the top spot. In 12 lifetime starts now, Street Band has 5 wins and 3 thirds. In the last three outs, though, she has a win in the Indiana Oaks; a third in the G3 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga; and a win at Parx. Look out. Sharp character here.
- Bandua, a 4YO son of The Factor and trained by Jack Sisterson for the owner Calumet Farm, worked this morning up at Keeneland. Went an easy half-mile in :49 flat. That was the 10th best time out of 23. Calumet Farm purchased this guy for a modest $150,000 at the KEE November Breeding Stock Sale in 2015 off the consignment offered by Gainesway Farm. Since then, Bandua has won 3 of 14 career races, and has earned over $351,000. Before his 8th place finish in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile, Bandua ran 3rd in the G1 Arlington Million. A stated fun runner has a 3-1-2 mark in 14 career starts. Interesting development.
- His Glory, a 2YO daughter of Mineshaft who has a 1-1-1 mark in 4 career starts to date for trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Covered the half mile distance in :49.80 — which is the 13th best time out of 23 to go that far. That time was the 13th best out of 23 to test the market today. In her last start, His Glory ran a nice 2nd in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes. Interesting development.