(Essential Quality / 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:
- Beau Liam, a 3YO son of Liam’s Map and trained by Steve Asmussen for owner Stonestreet Stables, has won 3 of his first 4 career starts and has a 2nd in the only miss, so far. Worked this morning at Churchill Downs. Went 4 furlongs in a “maintenance-like” :50.80 time slot. That was 66th best out of the 78 to tour the circle that far. Last time out was Oct. 2 at Churchill Downs. Ran a very game 2nd to Plainsman in the G3 Ack Ack Stakes — which was this one’s Stakes debut. Look for more out of this one. Just getting good.
- He’smyhoneybadger, a 3YO colt by Daredevil and trained by Brad Cox, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. This one — who was 2nd in the Harrods Creek Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 25 in his last outing — went 4 furlongs in a brisk :47.60. That was the bullet move out of the 78, and signals that this one is not only ready to go; but improving along the way. Over the first 9 starts of his career, this one has a record of 3-3-1. Looks to add more soon. Take note.
- Independence Hall, a striking 4YO son of Constitution and trained by Michael McCarthy now, worked under the Twin Spires this morning. The Graded Stakes winner went 4 furlongs in a perfect :48 flat. That was the 5th best time out of the group that travelled that far. Last time out, this one was 2nd to the whirlwind Knicks Go in the G3 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs. This one also easily outdistanced the rest of the field, too. Before the last outing, this one ran 5th in the TVG Pacific Classic to Tripoli at Del Mar. Could this one still make the Breeders’ Cup Classic? I would not bet against that happening. I would bet against him in that spot, though.
- Knicks Go, one of the best in the world right now and trained by Brad Cox, breezed at Churchill Downs this morning, too. Went a very easy 4 furlongs in :49.60. To be honest, I didn’t know that this 5YO son of Painter could throttle it back that much and relax for that time. But he is maturing in a great way. In 6 starts this year, he has 4 wins. And, he has ripped off 3 straight wins in the G3 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker; the G1 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga; and the G3 Lukas. No contest in any of them, really. The guy can spin those wheels. Can he stretch it out to BC Classic distance? We will soon find out. But, in 23 lifetime starts, he has won over $5.553 million. Nice.
- Plainsman, a 6YO son of Flatter and also trained by Cox, worked at Churchill Downs today, as well. This one — who has ripped off 4 wins in the last 5 outings, with a 2nd in the Governor’s Cup at Remington Park mixed in — went 4 furlongs in :50 flat. That was 53rd best of the 78. Won the G3 Ack Ack last time out and now has 4 wins and 2 seconds in 7 starts this year. Inched his earnings to past $729,000, too. Amazing.
- Essential Quality, whose only career loss came in this year’s troubled Kentucky Derby, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Brad Cox. The 3YO son of Tapit — who is 8-for-9 in the career and has already earned over $4.2 million — went with work mate Colonel Bowman and toured 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 5th best time out of 42 and was easy-peasy. Has won 3 in a row since the Derby and will go into this year’s BC Classic as favorite, most likely. Looks good. Looks primed. Looks poised.
- King Fury, 3YO son of Curlin and trained by Ken McPeek, worked at Churchill Downs this morn. The winner of the Bourbon Trail Stakes at Churchill Downs in September went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat, too. Will be interesting to see where this one ends up next. In 10 career starts, he has 4 wins and a second. Talent there. Next?
- Cezanne, a 4YO son of Curlin and trained by the embattled Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning. This guy — who has 3 wins in 4 career starts — has not started since winning the G3 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita in April by a whopping 10 lengths. Got his 7th published work since being returned to serious training in September. Went 4 furlongs in :47.20. That was the bullet move out of 21 to go the distance. Could this one pop up in the BC Sprint? Off this layup? Stranger things happen with the barn outfit.
- Silver State, a 4YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at “The Great Race Place” this morning, as well. This one — who has 4 wins in 6 starts this year for Team Winchell — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the bullet move out of 29 that worked this distance. Last time out, Silver State was 2nd to Mind Control in the Parx Dirt Mile. Before that, he was 3rd to Knicks Go in the G1 Whitney Stakes. He’s headed to the Breeders’ Cup. Question is what race? Dirt Mile looks like it may be the best fit. Right?
- Astronaut, a 4YO son of Quality Road and another Breeders’ Cup contender, worked at Santa Anita on Saturday, as well. The Graded Stakes winner went 7 furlongs over the main dirt track in 1:28.40. He was the only horse on the day to work at that extended distance. Last time out, Astronaut won the G2 Del Mar Handicap. That was contested at the distance of 13/8ths-miles. He came late to win at odds of 24-to-1 for trainer John Shirreffs and rider Victor Espinoza. Got to take a shot at the Turf Classic, right? Figures.