(War of Will winning the G2 Risen Star 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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Harvey Wallbanger, upset winner of the G3 Holy Bull Stakes last time out for trainer Ken McPeek, will make his next start in the G2 Florida Derby. He got a prep for that one this morning at Gulstream Park, working 5 furlongs in 1:02.81. That was the 24th best time out of 40 to go the distance. The 3YO son of Congrats has now run 5 times in the career. Has 2 wins and 3 seconds. A couple of those seconds were by nose decisions, as well. This one cost a modest $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale in 2017. He has already won nearly $300,000 — with more likely to come.
  2. Battalion Runner, a 5YO Unbridled’s Song horse trained by Todd Pletcher, ran second in the Wood Memorial back in April of 2017. But he has not been in a race since running 5th in the G3 Smarty Jones at Parx in September of that same year. He got his third published work since Jan. 19 and he went 4 furlongs in :49.53 this morning. Wishing this one well.
  3. Henley’s Joy, a 3YO Kitten’s Joy colt trained by Mike Maker, was moved to the dirt and to the Fair Grounds for a shot at the G2 Risen Star in the last out. That experiment was a dismal failure. Ran 10th in that one. He was back at Gulfstream Park this morning, going 4 furlongs in :50.83. That was 51st out of 65 to go the distance. Prior to the dirt try, this guy has been fantastic on the sod. Ran second in the Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 5. Look for a return to this surface the next time out.
  4. Promises Fulfilled, a world-beater a year ago when shortened up to the sprint distances, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park for trainer Dale Romans. The 4YO son of Shackleford went 5 furlongs in 1:01.90. that was the 10th fastest time out of the 40 to go the distance. It was his 5th published work since Feb. 3. This one — who had 3 straight Graded Stakes wins in a row before running 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in November — should be ready for a return to the track in the afternoons soon.
  5. Dream Maker, a 3YO son of Tapit and being pointed to the Tampa Bay Derby by trainer Mark Casse, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. This talented sucker went a half mile in :49 flat. That was the 26th best time out of 87 to go the distance. He won an allowance race at the Fair Grounds in the last outing on Feb. 9. Keep an eye on this one. Talented.
  6. Mr. Money, 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November before running 7th in the G2 Risen Star in his first start of 2019, worked this morning in New Orleans for trainer W. Bret Calhoun. the 3YO son of Goldencents went a very sharp half mile in :47.80. That was the 2nd best time out of the 87. Watch for this one next time out. He may have needed the last out, and got a rough go of it, as well.
  7. Sunset Wish, a 3YO Malibu Moon filly trained by Michael Stidham for the Godolphin Stables, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. The filly — who ran fourth in the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 2 — went a half mile in :48.80. that was the 21st best time. What is next for this one, who has 3 wins and a second in 6 career starts? Fair Grounds Oaks?
  8. War of Will, the #2 rated colt in “The Pressbox’ KY Derby Rankings,” worked at the Fair Grounds this morning for trainer Mark Casse. The 3YO son of War Front went a half mile in :50.20. that was 63rd best. Since being moved to the main track, this one is undefeated, with three wins in a row. Overpowering in the G2 Risen Star. Best yet to come?
  9. Shamrock Rose, a 4YO Pennsylvania-Bred filly by First Dude, is coming off a 4th in the G3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream Park in the last out. It was her first attempt after winning the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs in November. The filly worked this morning at Oaklawn Park for Mark Casse. She went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat — which was the bullet move out of 16 to go the distance. Dry track may mean impressive win next time out.