(Sally’s Curlin wins 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.
- Bell’s the One, a Graded Stakes winning daughter of Majesticperfection and trained by Neil Pessin, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning. Three starts back, this one captured the G2 Lexus Raven Run at KEE. Went 4 furlongs this morning, covering the ground in :48 flat. That was the 6th best time out of 89 to go the distance this morning. This one should be ready to go soon.
- Long Weekend, a 3YO son of Majesticperfection and trained by Tom Amoss, worked this morning in New Orleans, too. Went 4 furlongs in :50 flat. That was the 54th best time. Last time out, this guy won his second in a row and the Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn in the last out. In 4 career starts, this one has 3 wins. Look for more out of this one. Expertly handled.
- No Parole, a very talented Louisiana-bred and son of Violence, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds for the Amoss barn. Ran 8th in the G2 Rebel Stakes last time out, when venturing out to face open company for the first time. Before that, though, he was a runaway winner in each of the first three starts. Worked a half mile in :49 flat today. That was the 21st best time. Talented sprinter. May stay at that distance.
- Serengeti Empress, winner of the KY Oaks a year ago for Amoss, worked a half mile in the same :49 flat this morning, too. This rapid-fire runner won the G2 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park in her last start. Start to finish. Just like she likes to do. When motored to the front, she likes to see nothing but air in front. More to come. Stay tuned.
- By My Standards, winner of the 2019 Louisiana Derby and a perfect 2-for-2 this year for trainer W. Bret Calhoun, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, as well. The 4YO son of Goldencents travelled 5 furlongs in a time of :59.40. That was the bullet move out of 29 to cover the ground. Look for this one to have a monster 2020. Talented and on top of his game. May be the best of the bunch this year. May just be.
- Attachment Rate, a rapidly improving 3YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Dale Romans, worked at Gulfstream Park this morning. This guy — who ran a fast-closing 3rd in the G3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 7 in his last outing — went a snappy 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. That was the 3rd best time out of 28 to clock the distance. Look for this one to show up in the G1 Arkansas Derby. With a big chance, too.
- Sally’s Curlin, a multiple Graded Stakes winning 4YO daughter of Curlin and owned in part by my great friend Mike Schnell, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park for Romans, as well. The big, chestnut filly — who won the G3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes in her 2020 debut on March 14 — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.26. That was the 9th best time out of 28 to go that far. This is a one-turn monster. Leave her around one turn? She is dangerous at any level; against any kind.
- British Idiom, the 2YO filly Champ of a year ago and winner of both the G1 Alcibiades and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies for trainer Brad Cox, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. She went 4 furlongs in a nice :48.20. That was the 17th best time out of 121 horses to go that far. In her 2020 debut, she ran second to Finite in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Should be headed to the Oaks at Oaklawn in her next outing, since the G1 Ashland has been postponed for now. She will be a bear, too. Training so good for the 2nd out.
- Whitmore, now a 7YO gelding and son of Pleasantly Perfect for trainer Ron Moquett, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning, too. The old war veteran — who has earned nearly $3 million in his brilliant race career — went 4 furlongs in :49.60. that was the 82nd best time out of 121. Look for this closing sprinter to show up on Arkansas Derby Day, too. With a rally. He loves this track.
- Silver Prospector, a top 3YO contender this year for Team Asmussen, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. The son of Declaration of War covered 5 furlongs in a time of 1:02.20. That was the 27th best time out of 39 to go that far. Prime contender for the Arkansas Derby. Won the G3 Southwest Stakes here two back before running 8th in the G2 Rebel Stakes last time out. Inconsistent at times. But talented. And, look for a bounce back effort next time out.
- Gouverneur Morris, a 3YO son of Constitution and trained by Todd Pletcher, got to stretch his legs this morning at the Palm Beach Training Center in South Florida. This guy — who was a disappointing 4th in the G1 Florida Derby last time out — travelled a half mile in :49.50. That was the 3rd best time out of 19 to go that far. Don’t know where this one goes next, but he appears to be a cut below the best 3YOs this year. IMO.
- Guarana, a monster talent runner by Ghostzapper and trained by Chad Brown, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center. This multiple Graded Stakes winner went 4 furlongs in :50.50. That was the 27th best time out of 69 to go the distance. In 4 career starts, this filly has 3 wins and two G1 Stakes wins. Looks ready for the 2020 debut. She is that good and more.