(Cyberknife / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country to see who may be preparing for their next race. Some of the horses that we track will be familiar to you. Some of them, though, you may not know — but should. We will note their current morning prep and make other comments about their backgrounds and pedigrees. If you have a horse that you would like to add to our list, please let us know.
Here is a closer look at today’s list:
- Falconet, a 4YO daughter of Uncle Mo and trained by Todd Pletcher, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The Graded Stakes winner went 4 furlongs in :50.58. that was the 63rd best time out of 126 to go the distance. It was her 3rd published work since being returned to serious training on Dec. 15. Last time out, the filly won the Ladies Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 1. Look for more out of this gal later this year. Talent.
- Gifted, a 3YO daughter of Tapit and out of the multiple Graded Stakes-placed winner With Honors and trained by HOFer Bill Mott, may be one to put on your “Watch List.” This gal worked at Belmont Park today’s s well. This gal, who has a 2nd in two career starts so far, went 4 furlongs in :50.61. That was the 65th best time. Last time out was Nov. 25. Ran 2nd and was beaten 43/4 led goths by Aniston in a 11/8th-mile MSW event at Aqueduct. Pedigree galore here.
- Uncorrelated, a 3YO son of Arrogate and trained by Chad Brown, worked this morning in NY, the city so nice they named it twice, as well. This guy — who won the career debut on Jan. 6 by an easy 21/2 lengths — went 4 furlongs in :49.55. That was the 19th best time out of the 126. May be a good one. Connections paid $170,000 at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. Take note here.
- Strobe, a 4YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Brad Cox, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Went 4 furlongs in :49 flat. That was the 8th best time out of 85 to clock that distance. In 4 starts in the career, so far, this one has 3 wins and a 2nd. Is entered to run here on Jan. 27. Back in for an allowance event. This one may move up to the Stakes company soon. Looks the part.
- West Will Power, a 6YO horse trained by Cox for the team of Gary and Mary West, worked in New Orleans this a.m., as well. This Graded Stakes winner — who won the G2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes last October at KEE and then ran 2nd in the G1 Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs in November — went 4 furlongs in :49.20. That was the 16th best time out of the 85. It was just the 2nd published work for this one since returning to the track in January. More to come.
- Corona Bolt, a talented 3YO son of Bolt d’Oro and another from Team Cox, is undefeated after two starts — including a win her in the Sugar Bowl Stakes on Dec. 26. Went 5 furlongs in a very brisk 1:00.20 this morning. That was the bullet move out of 41 to clock the distance. Has not yet stretched out to a route distance, but is this one in the hunt for bigger Stakes coming up. Looks like it.
- Cyberknife, winner of the G1 Haskell Stakes and a main contender for the upcoming G1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, worked at the Fair Grounds for Team Cox this a.m. In his last major move before the big Stakes event, the 4YO son of Gun Runner went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of 41 to go that distance. Looks sharp. Looks ready. Can he go out on top? Has the best connections getting him ready to do just that. In 12 career starts so far, he has a record of 5-4-1 and has earned over $2 million in purses.
- Jace’s Road, winner of the Gun Runner Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 26 and now a prime contender for the 2023 Kentucky Derby for Team Cox and the ownership team of West Point Thoroughbreds and the Albaugh Family Stables, was back in action this a.m. Breezed at the Fair Grounds, going 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the 2nd best time out of the 41. Wow time. In 4 career starts now, this one has 2 wins and a third. Look out here.
- Proxy, another prime contender for the upcoming G1 Pegasus World Cup, worked at the Fair Grounds, too. This son of Tapit and trained by Michael Stidham went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the 13th best effort. This guy is coming off an impressive win in the G1 Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs last November and now is sitting on the cusp of becoming a millionaire. Has hit the board in 11 of 13 lifetime starts. Could be sitting on a huge year.
- Tawny Port, a 4YO son of Pioneerof the Nile and another from the barn of Brad Cox, was on the track at the Fair Grounds. Worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.80. That was the 24th best time. Has not raced since finishing well back in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby last September. But did run 7th in the 2022 KY Derby after winning the G3 Lexington Stakes at KEE. Has hit the board in 6 of 9 lifetime efforts. Today’s work was the 5th published move since he returned to serious training here in late December. Should be about ready to resume the real stuff soon.