(Covfefe / 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.
- Covfefe, a two-time Champ in 2019 and the beautiful daughter of Into Mischief trained by Brad Cox, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning. The wonderful lady breezed 3 furlongs in :38.60 — which was her first published move since returning to the track after her win in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. In 8 lifetime starts, she has 6 wins. Has 3 wins in a row when she makes it back to the gate in 2020. What a beautiful gal. Great to see her back.
- Digital, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and trained by W. Bret Calhoun, ran 2nd in an allowance at the Fair Grounds last time out on Jan. 18. Was beaten a length by Blackberry Wine and easily dispatched of the highly-regarded Chestertown in that one. Looks like this one — who has a win and 2 seconds in the first 3 career starts — may get a try against the “Big Boys” next time out. Breezed a half-mile this morning in :49 flat. that was the 45th best time out of 142. Keep tabs on this one. Could be on the move up the ladder.
- Enforceable, the surprise winner of he G3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds last time out, worked over the main track in New Orleans this morning. The 3YO son of Tapit breezed a half mile in :49.60 — which was the 70th best time out of 142 to clock the distance. This guy still looks to be improving, but has the pedigree and the talent to make a major move up the pecking order in the races to come. Looks like he will start next in the Risen Star Stakes here. Keep tabs here, too.
- Juggernaut, a 3YO son of Goldencents and trained by J. Keith Desormeaux, may be an interesting to watch. This is our “Horse to Watch” for the day, and the third one added to this “LIST” this week. The other two are Ghost Fighter and Tumbling Sky. Juggernaut won on debut at Ellis Park last summer. Beat some good ones in that effort, including the likes of Banks Island and Something Super. Came out of that win to tackle the likes of Dennis’ Moment in the G3 Iroquois Stakes the next time out. Pushed the pace hard in that one from the gate all the way to the final turn. Spit the bit there, though, and tired to finish 9th out of 10. Has been off since that September 14 race. Got his first published work since that race today, too. Went an easy 4 furlongs in :52 flat. That was 136th out of the 142. May not catch much attention. But worth watching for. I think.
- Lynn’s Map, who edged the highly regarded Mr. Monomoy in an allowance race two starts back before disappointing with a 5th in the Smarty Jones Stakes last time out, worked at the FG this morning for trainer Mark Casse. Went an easy half in :50.80. That was 119th out of the 142. Maintenance move. Be interesting to see where this one shows up next. Risen Star? Worth another shot.
- Mr. Monomoy, the half-brother to Monomoy Girl and trained by Brad Cox, worked this morning in New Orleans, too. The talented colt breezed a half mile in :48.20, which was the 10th best time out of the massive work group. Since breaking the maiden at Churchill Downs back in November, this one has run 2nd to Lynn’s Map and then 3rd in the G3 Lecomte Stakes. Has to step it up a notch or two to match strides with the best of the 3YOs, but looks capable of improvement. Be fun to watch this one next out. Crunch time is coming.
- Blackberry Wine, a talented 3YO son of Oxbow and winner of a spirited allowance race at the Fair Grounds in the last time out, worked over the same strip this morning. The colt — trained by Joe Sharp — went a very nice 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the 4th best time out of 58 to clock that distance. Looks like this one will step it up and take on the Stakes contenders in the Risen Star next time out. Time will tell with this one.
- Mailman Money, undefeated after two starts and a rapidly-improving son of Goldencents, worked this morning for trainer W. Bret Calhoun, too. This is our second “Horse to Watch” for today. This guy broke the maiden in the debut on Nov. 30 at Churchill Downs. Won by nearly a length that day over Digital (see above). This one was 24-to-1 odds that day against the roommate, who was nearly even money. “Mailman” came right back the next time out to win at the FG. Won that one by nearly 6 lengths. Beat the PT favorite in that one. Breezed this morning in 1:02.40. That was 41st out of the 58. Great connections here. Keep tabs. I’m just saying.
- Scabbard, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and highly touted to begin this season, worked this morning at the FG. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat. That was 35th out of the 58. This one ran a game second to Dennis’ Moment in the Iroquois Stakes and then ran a tough-beat 4th in the BC Juvenile to finish the year. Started with a rather dull 5th in the Lecomte. Looking for more out of this one next time out. Redemption?