(Smile Happy / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
We are back looking at the daily workout schedule from around the country. Every day (Some days?), 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.
We are back…Take a look:
- Pappacap, a 3YO son of Gun Runner and a top contender for the Triple Crown entering this year for trainer Mark Casse, worked at the Casse Farm Training Center near Ocala on Saturday morn. The colt — who was 2nd to Corniche in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Del Mar last November. This year? A 3rd in the G3 Lecomte and an inexplicable 8th in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds so far. Worked 5 furlongs this morning is a spectacular :59.20 today. That was the bullet move out of 3 to go that distance. In 7 career starts now, this one has a record of 2-2-1. Looking to get back on track.
- Volcanic, a 3YO son of Violence and another trained by Casse, worked at the farm track this morning, too. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat. That was the 3rd best time. This guy has been a different horse since picking up the blinkers just two starts ago. Broke the MSW at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 8 when getting the shades for the first time. Came right back to run a very impressive 3rd to Classic Causeway and Shipsational in the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay. Skips the Tampa Bay Derby today. But this one is worth watching.
- Condemn, a 3YO son of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by the bright young trainer Tommy Drury, is our next “Horse to Watch.” This one is still a maiden after 3 starts, but is entered for his next outing on March 16 at the Fair Grounds. So far, he has lost to the likes of Rattle N Roll (know him?), Texas Red Hot (a solid performer), and Ottoman Empire. Blew out for his next encounter today. Went a very nice 3 furlongs in :35 flat. Wow. Time. Look out here. Look. Out.
- Fannie and Freddie, a 3YO filly by Malibu Moon and trained by Al Stall, Jr., worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. This gal — who has run 2nd to North County in the Untapable Stakes and 2nd to La Crete in the Silverbulletday Stakes — went 4 furlongs in :48.20. that was the 7th best time out of 88 to go the distance. This lady has a win and 2 seconds in 5 career starts. Best yet to come. Stay tuned.
- Jackie’s Warrior, a 4YO son of Maclean’s Music and a multiple Graded Stakes winner for HOF trainer Steve Asmussen, worked in New Orleans to day, as well. Went 4 furlongs in :49.40. That was 33rd best of the 88. Has not started since running 6th in the G1 Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar last November. Before that, though, he had won 3 straight Graded Stakes. This was the 3rd published work since being returned to serious training on Feb. 27. A few more morning breezes to go, but getting there.
- Cyberknife, a 3YO son of Gun Runner and trained by Brad Cox, is coming off a very impressive allowance win at the Fair Grounds last time out. Lost the blinkers. Won the win. In 5 career starts now, has a record of 2-2-0 and is likely headed to the G2 Louisiana Derby next time out. Worked today at the Fair Grounds. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of 32. Impressive. This guy has the talent. Has he figured it out between the ears? The question.
- Twany Port, a 3YO son of Pioneerof the Nile and another from the Cox barn, is coming off a 5th place finish in the G2 Risen Star Stakes. That came after two wins in a row over the AW surface up at the “New & Improved” Turfway Park. This one has options. May show back up in Northern Kentucky later this month for the Jeff Ruby Steaks. Loves the track, right? Worked today at the Fair Grounds. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. That was 28th best. Stay tuned.
- Zozos, a 3YO son of Munnings and a rapidly-improving colt in the Cox barn, was spectacular this morning at the Fair Grounds. Spectacular. Wow. The undefeated colt — who has won at both the Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park this year — went 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in :59.60. That was the bullet move out of 32 to go that distance. Wow time. Maybe a wow horse. Our next “Horse to Watch.”
- Call Me Midnight, upset winner of the G3 Lecomte Stakes last time out for trainer Keith Desormeaux, worked this morning in New Orleans. Got his 5th published move since the fast-closing win. Went 6 furlongs in 1:14 flat. That was the bullet move for the distance. But only 2 worked the distance. In 7 career starts now, this son of Midnight Lute has a record of 2-1-0. Can he bring it again? We shall see.
- Smile Happy, a top contender for the Triple Crown series this Spring for trainer Ken McPeek, worked at Gulfstream Park this morning. The 3YO son of Runhappy went 4 furlongs over the dirt track in :49.42 in a pure maintenance maneuver. That was the 49th best time out of 129. Just ran 2nd to Epicenter in the G2 Risen Star Stakes to open the 2022 campaign. Last year, this one won a MSW event at Keeneland and came right back to capture the G2 KY Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. His 2022 debut was nice. Next?