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.
- Mr. Monomoy, a 3YO son of Palace Malice and trained by Brad Cox, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The colt — a half-sister to the great Champion Monomoy Girl — breezed 4 furlongs in :48.20. That was the 7th best time out of 62 to go that far. In his last outing, Mr. Monomoy faced winners for the first time and missed at the wire by a head to the highly-regarded Lynn’s Map. Both of these could face each other again in the G3 Lecomte Stakes in just a couple of weeks. Both should benefit from the 1 mile & 70 yards trip last time out. Watch this one going forward. Distance should be his friend.
- Seeking the Soul, now a 7YO and a horse by Perfect Soul, ended the 2019 season on a bit of a down note. After winning the G1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs in June, the connections sent him out to the West Coast for a run at some Stakes events leading up to the Breeders’ Cup. It was a disaster. Ran 7th in the Pacific Classic and 4th in the G1 Awesome Again. Ran 6th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Returned home to run 6th the G1 Clark. Worked today at the Fair Grounds. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 — which was the 2nd best time out of 36 to work the distance. Be interesting to see where this one ends up next. A little less company and a lot more action would seem to be in order.
- Portrait, a 3YO daughter of Tapizar and another trained by Brad Cox, worked in Bayou Country this morning, as well. She went a half mile in :49 flat — which was the 19th best time out of 62. In her last start, she was 3rd in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs in September. Been off since then. Today’s work was her 6th published move since returning to serious training in early December. Looks to be about ready. Watch for this one. Talent here.
- Mr. Freeze, a 5YO son of To Honor and Serve and trained by Dale Romans, breezed over the main dirt strip at Gulfstream Park this morning. The horse — who finished 2019 on a real roll — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.38. That was the 6th best time out of 40 to mark the distance. In the last 4 outs in 2019, he had a win, two seconds and a third. The win came in the G3 Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs. Ran 2nd in the Fayette at KEE. Finished the year with a 3rd in the G1 Clark. Look for more out of this one in 2020. Looks good right now.
- Ajaaweed, a 3YO son of Curlin and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin for the owner/breeder Shadwell Farm, may be one to watch in the early part of 2020. Could be a Triple Crown possibility. Ran 2nd in the G2 Remsen Stakes to finish up the juvenile season, after a troubled 4th in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at KEE last October. Distance should be something that this one relishes, and he’s back to serious training now. Went a half mile at the Palm Meadows Training Track in South Florida this morning. That was the 29th best tim out of 66 to go the distance. Look for more here. I really like the looks of this one.