(Mr. Money all set for the BC Dirt Mile / 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.
- Come Dancing, one of the major favorites for the Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint, worked at Belmont Park this morning in her final tuneup for the trip West. This 5YO Malibu Moon mare — who has 4 wins and a second in 5 races this year — won the G2 Gallant Bloom Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 22 in her last outing for trainer Carlos Martin. She went 3 furlongs today in :37.55, which was the 11th best time out of 14. Just a simple exercise to knock the edge off and buff the spots. Don’t forget about this one. Even though the East Coast shippers have not done well in the West Coast Sprints in the past.
- Alandra, a 2YO Blame filly trained by Shug McGaughey, was the “Talk of the Town” before running in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland the first weekend in October. Ran up against buzz saws like British Idiom and Perfect Alibi in that one, but still managed to run a nice 3rd — while having some traffic issues. She worked a nice half mile in :48.55 this morning at Belmont Park. That was the 12th best time out of the 45 to go the distance. She worked in company with a filly by the name of Power Move. This 2YO daughter of More Than Ready is a perfect 1-for-1 after breaking the maiden at Belmont Park in the career debut on Oct. 6. Be interesting to see if Alandra makes the trip West with stablemate Code of Honor for this barn. He doesn’t ship without a purpose. And, he doesn’t race without real intent. She would be interesting in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
- Selflessly, a 2YO Maryland-bred daughter of More Than Ready and one of the top contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown. This gal — who won the G2 Miss Grillo Stakes as a maiden — went 4 furlongs over the dirt surface in :50.70. That was 34th of 45. Maintenance move. She’s ready.
- Structor, another one of Chad Brown’s 2YO contenders and a son of Palace Malice, worked this morning at Belmont Park in preparation for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. This guy — who is a perfect 2-for-2 and winner of the G3 Pilgrim Stakes in his last outing — worked 4 furlongs in :49.56. That was 18th of the 45. Ready. Aim.
- Dunbar Road, a 3YO daughter of Quality Road and a major contender for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, worked at Belmont Park this morning, as well. The Chad Brown-trainee — who got a horrible rail trip in the G1 Spinster Stakes in her last outing, when she was third to Blue Prize — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.05. That was 6th best of 10 to go that far. Don’t dismiss this one. Super talented. Super.
- Wow Cat, a 5YO daughter of Lookin at Lucky and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff to Monomoy Girl in 2018, worked for Chad Brown this morning, too. Coming off a second in the G2 Beldame Stakes in her last outing, Wow Cat looks primed and proper. She tuned up today with a 5 furlong breeze in 1:01.01. That was 4th best of the 10. In 3 starts this year, she has 2 seconds. Tough customer. Steady as they come. In 15 lifetime starts, she has a 9-4-1 record and earnings over $1.182 million. Wow.
- Firenze Fire, a 4YO son of Poseidon’s Warrior and trained by Jason Servis, worked at Belmont Park this morning. This one — a top contender for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint — just ran 2nd in the G1 Vosburgh Stakes in the last outing. Before that, he was 2nd in the G1 Forego Stakes. In 6 starts this year, he has only 1 win — in a listed Stakes event at Belmont Park back in May — but has 2 seconds and a third. Worked at Belmont today. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. That was 3rd best of the 24. Does he go?
- Mr. Money, winner of 4 in a row before a tough-beat 2nd in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby, got his last major prep for the Breeders’ Cup this morning at Churchill Downs. The 3YO son of Goldencents went a half-mile in :49.80. That was the 26th best time out of 34 to go that distance. Throttled back from the get-go. My favorite horse of the 2019 racing season. (Outside my own, mind you.) This guy is a tough nut. I’m using. No matter where he goes. When contacted this morning via text, trainer W. Bret Calhoun wrote: “All is good, ready! Going in Dirt Mile.”
- Arklow, winner of the G1 Joe Hirsch Stakes at Belmont Park in his last outing and one of the best hopes for North America in the Turf Classic, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, too. The 5YO son of Arch breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the 3rd fastest time out of 10 to clock the distance. In 6 starts this year, Arklow has only the one win. But he has 3 seconds and a third. Will try. Every time.
- Owendale, a rapidly-improving 3YO son of Into Mischief and a contender for this year’s BC Classic, got his last tune-up this morning at Churchill Downs. The winner of the Oklahoma Derby in his last outing, went 5 furlongs in a brisk and impressive :59.40. That was the bullet move out of the 10. In 12 lifetime starts, this one has 5 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds. But…He has 3 wins in the last 5 races and a third in the G3 Preakness Stakes mixed in there. Beware.