(Alandra before this year’s Alcibiades Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
(South Bend after winning the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs / 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.
- Alandra, a super talented 2YO filly by Blame and trained by Shug McGaughey for the daughter-mother team of Helen Alexander and Helen Groves, worked this morning at Belmont Park. The filly — who ran 3rd in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at KEE off a MSW win — went 4 furlongs in :48.18. That was the 3rd best time out of 43 to go the distance. This gal has the look for a KY Oaks candidate. Just saying. Keep an eye out for this one. Worth your effort.
- Network Effect, a 3YO son of Mark Valeski and trained by Chad Brown, came off a near 1-year layoff to win at Aqueduct on Nov. 10. Before that, the last time he ran was back-to-back 2nds in the G3 Nashua Stakes and the G2 Remsen Stakes in the Fall of 2018. Wow. What a rebound performance. Something we have come to expect from the barn of Chad Brown, though. This guy worked at Belmont Park today and went a very nice half mile in :47.44. That was the bullet move out of the 43 to clock the distance. Don’t know what to expect next, but this one could really have an impact on the older dirt horse division next year. He has that kind of talent. And, appears ready to show it.
- Standard Deviation, another from the deep and talented barn of Chad Brown, worked in New York this morning, too. Went 4 furlongs in :48.49, which was the 11th best time of the day. Last time out, this 3YO son of Curlin ran 3rd in the G2 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park. In 9 career starts, now, he has a record of 3-1-3 and earnings of nearly $300,000. Look for more. Looks ready.
- Valid Point, one of my most favorite grass runners of the year and also trained by Brown, worked at Belmont Park this morning. Went a half mile over the main dirt track in :48.49, and the same time as Standard Deviation. In 4 starts this year, this one has 3 wins — including a huge move late in the G1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. The only loss came in the G1 Shadwell Mile at KEE on Oct. 5. Valid Point got a horrible trip that day from Javier Castellano and lost all chance. Look for this one to pounce the next time out. Love this son of Scat Daddy. A real talent who may be the next great one for the Brown barn.
- Bourbon War, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by great guy Mark Hennig, looked to be on the verge of stardom early this Spring. Didn’t have the numbers to make the field for the KY Derby and then revolted against the blinkers when getting them the first time in the Preakness Stakes. Has tried at the grass a few times, too. This super talent worked this morning at Belmont Park, going a half mile in :50.24 over the dirt training track. That was the 96th best time out of 141 to work over the surface. Don’t know what’s next for this one. But don’t give up. Sons and daughters of Tapit sometimes take a little while to figure out this racing game. But when they do? And, this trainer will find the key. Count on it.
- Gold Standard, a 3YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by the “Filly Master” Brad Cox, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Went 4 furlongs in :49.20 today. That was 26th best of 68. Last time out, Gold Standard ran a very game 2nd in the G3 Remington Park Oaks. Lost that one by a 1/2-length to the very nice Lady Apple. Look for more next time out. She’s getting real good.
- Enforceble, a 2YO son of Tapit and trained by Mark Casse, is coming off a 3rd to the highly-touted Maxfield in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at KEE on Oct. 5. Getting pointed to a major 2YO Stake at Churchill at the end of November. Tuned up this morning with a 4-furlong move in :48.40. That was the 10th best time out of the 68. Looks to be getting better.
- Whitmore, a 6YO gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect and trained by Ron Moquett, is back home at Churchill Downs after running a game 3rd in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint last time out. Came with his normal late run, even over a tiring track. Game as ever. Worked this morning in Lou, going 4 furlongs in :48.40. Same as the 2YO above.
- His Glory, a 2YO daughter of Mineshaft and trained by the affable and talented Tom Amoss, worked this morning in prep for a Stakes run here next week. This gal — who ran a super second to Lazy Daisy in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes two starts back and returned to win an allowance here on Oct. 27 — went a half mile in :48.20. That was the 4th best time out of the 68. Hope this one is Amoss’ next Serengeti Empress. The man deserves it.
- South Bend, a super talented 2YO son of Algorithms and trained by Stanley Hough, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The undefeated colt went 4 furlongs in an easy :49 flat. That was 22nd best. This one has won 3 in a row to start the career, and won the Street Sense Stakes in his last outing. Look for this one to show up next week.