(Dennis’ Moment winning the G3 Iroquois Stakes / 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.
- Shared Sense, a 3YO son of Street Sense and trained by Brad Cox, is one that you may want to keep a serious eye on this Spring. This one is a homebred for the Godolphin Stables and has run two super nice 2nds in a row out of the first 3 career starts. Lost 2 starts ago to Lynn’s Map, who just nipped Mr. Monomoy in an allowance event at the Fair Grounds and is now being pointed to the G3 Lecomte Stakes by trainer Mark Casse. The last time out, Shared Sense lost at Churchill Downs on Nov. 30 to Blackberry Wine, a highly-touted son of Oxbow and trained by Joe Sharp. Shared Sense worked this morning at Oaklawn Park. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the bullet move out of 16 to go the distance. It was the 4th published work since the last race. Looks ready. If you have not had a chance to listen to our interview with Brad Cox, please take the time. Informative.
- Wells Bayou, a 3YO son of Lookin at Lucky and also trained by Cox, worked in company with the top horse. This one broke the maiden at first asking at Keeneland on Oct. 26. Ran off to an easy and impressive win that day. Came back to run 7th in an allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 30. Lost to some very good ones in that one. Like Necker Island, Silver State, Sprawl. Made the lead and then gave out. But look for more. Connections paid $105,000 for this one at the OBS March Sale a year ago. Has talent. And, speed.
- Dennis’ Moment, one of the most impressive 2YOs I have ever witnessed in the flesh a year ago, worked for the first time since going to his knees and nearly falling in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November. The son of Tiznow breezed at Gulfstream Park for trainer Dale Romans. Went an easy half-mile in :51.07. According to Mike Welsch, of The Daily Racing Form, the horses were “finishing into brutal headwind all morning.” We caught up with the trainer after the work and this is what he texted us about the work: Great. This one is being pointed to the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes and the G1 Florida Derby as the only 2 preps for this year’s KY Derby. Until l am convinced otherwise, Dennis’ Moment is my top pick for the 146th running of the KY Derby. And, I am rooting. Unabashed. Check out our recent conversation with Dale Romans, too. The man and the horse are gearing up for a huge Spring.
- Cool Runnings, a 3YO son of American Pharoah and trained by J. Keith Desormeaux, is another youngster that bears watching. In 4 career starts, he has a second and two thirds showing on the resume. Only time he was off the board was when he was 7th in the Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita last October. Cost only $60,000 at auction, but looks to have some run to him. Worked this morning at SA and went 5 furlongs in 1:03.40. That was 43rd best of the 48. May be interesting to track this one.
- Lucrezia, a 3YO daughter of Into Mischief and trained by Arnaud Delacour, worked this morning at Tampa Bay Downs. This gal — who won the Sandpiper Stakes over this track in December and broke the maiden at KEE in October — breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.60. That was 6th best of 16 to test the distance and the stopwatch. Don’t be surprised if the connections line her up to test the road to the KY Oaks. In 4 lifetime starts, she has a 2-1-0 mark. Looks ready for more.
- Coach Rocks, a Graded Stakes winning daughter of Oxbow and most recently purchased at the KEE November Sale for $450,000, worked brilliantly at the Palm Beach Downs Training Center in South Florida this morning. She breezed a half mile in :47.78, which was the bullet move out of 8 to go the distance. It was her 3rd published work since the purchase, and she looks about ready to test her wheels for the new connections at Gulfstream Park. Be interesting to see how she does. Stay tuned.