(Mia Mischief in the paddock at Churchill Downs / 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.
- Mia Mischief, a 4YO Into Mischief filly trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The multiple Graded Stakes winner — who is coming off a 3rd in the G2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland in her last outing on Oct. 5 — went 3 furlongs in :37.60. That was the 4th best time out of 7 to clock the distance. This gal is entered in the Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs on Friday. A place she loves. Mia won both the G1 Humana Distaff Stakes and the listed Roxelana Stakes under the Twin Spires earlier this year. I’m on her.
- Bravazo, a 4YO son of Awesome Again and one of the toughest colts in the country a year ago, has not raced since finishing 4th in the G1 Pegasus Stakes at Gulfstream Park in late January. Extended layoff after a grueling 3YO campaign that saw him race 11 times. He carved out two wins to start the year and then added a second in the G1 Preakness Stakes; a second in the G1 Haskell Invitational; a third in the G1 Travers Stakes; a third in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile; and a second in the G1 Clark Handicap. This morning, Bravazo got his 4th published work since returning to serious training in early October. He went a half mile in :48.40, which was the 7th best time out of 58 to go that far. Be fun to have this War Horse back in action.
- Recruiting Ready, a 5YO son of Algorithms and trained by Stanley Hough for the Sagamore Farm, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This one — who ran 4th in the G2 Phoenix Stakes last time out and has a win in the G3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes earlier this year — went 4 furlongs in :47.40. That was the 2nd best time out of 58 to clock the distance. Won the last time he ran at Churchill Downs, capturing an allowance event on Sept. 13. The last time he ran in Louisville before that one? How about a 3rd place finish in the G3 Iroquois Stakes in 2016. Winner that day? How about Not This Time — who went on to run 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for trainer Dale Romans.
- Henley’s Joy, winner of the G1 Belmont Derby earlier this year for trainer Mike Maker, worked at the Churchill Downs’ Training Center this morning. The 3YO son of Kitten’s Joy went a nice half mile in :48 flat. That was the 9th best time out of 37 to go that far. In 14 career starts, to date, Henley’s Joy has a record of 4-3-0 and has earned over $1.058 million in purses. Good one.
- Faraway Kitten, a 3YO son of Kitten’s Joy and another trained by the Maker barn, worked at the CD Training Facility today, as well. This one breezed 5 furlongs over the dirt track in 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move out of 14 to go that distance. This was the 3rd published work since the last start, which resulted in a 3rd place finish in the Jefferson Cup here on Sept. 28. Beaten that day by Spectacular Gem.
- Bandua, a 4YO son of The Factor and trained by Jack Sisterson for Calumet Farm, worked at Keeneland this morning. In his last start, Bandua was 8th to Bowie’s Hero in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile. While Bowie’s Hero is now headed to the Breeders’ Cup Mile, Bandua is headed for a huge performance next out. Breezed a half mile over the dirt main track today in a time of :49.80. That was 19th best of 22. Pure maintenance move. Look for more out of this one next time out.
- Positive Spirit, a 3YO daughter of Pioneerof the Nile and trained by Rudolphe Brisset, worked at KEE this morning, as well. This gal — who has not raced since “not finishing” in this year’s KY Oaks — breezed a half-mile over the KEE dirt track in a time of :49.20. That was 13th best of 22 to try the distance. Prior to the KY Oaks, Positive Spirit ran 2nd in the G2 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct. She won the G2 Demoiselle Stakes as a 2YO last December. Bears watching. Talent is here.