(Portrait / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Omaha Beach / 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.

  1. Portrait, a 2YO daughter of Tapizar and trained by Brad Cox for the ownership team of LNJ Foxwoods, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The filly went a half mile in a brisk :47.80 — which was the bullet move out of the 45 to clock the distance. Impressive. To say the least. This gal was last seen running 3rd in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs in September. In 3 lifetime starts now, she has a win and two thirds. She cost $140,000 to purchase at the 2018 KEE September Sale, and has already recouped over a third of that. One to watch as the fillies start to gear up down South for the 2020 KY Oaks. Bears watching.
  2. Snapper Sinclair, a 4YO son of City Zip and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning in preparation for that meet to open its’ doors in the first part of 2020. In 20 lifetime starts, Snapper has posted a record of 5-3-2 and has earned over $1.090 million. Wow. Really? Seriously? This guy has really become a money machine. Despite running 9th in the Clark Handicap on the dirt in his last outing, he was 4th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and, before that, won the Tourist Mile Stakes over the sod at KY Downs. Today, he worked over the dirt in Hot Springs, AR., going 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was 3rd best of 6. This one was acquire for $180,000 at the OBS April 2YO Sale in 2017. Before that, though? Sold for just $30,000 at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2016. Nice return. Right?
  3. Classy Ruler, a 2YO daughter of Empire Maker and trained by John Shirreffs, may be one to keep tabs on. In her only start to date, she ran second in a MSW event at Del Mar on Nov. 30. Was beaten 11/2-lengths that day when traveling 6 furlongs over the dirt track. But she was tardy leaving the gate and 3-wide into the stretch. Plus…she wants more ground, if you listen to the pedigree. Today, she worked 5 furlongs at Santa Anita. Went the distance in a time of 1:02 flat. That was the 16th best time out of 41 to go that far. Apparently, this gal has the looks, too. In 2018, she sold at the KEE September Sale for a whopping $700,000 to Mayberry Farm. She now runs under the banner of C R K Stable, LLC. And, there could be some serious residual value with this filly, too. Her momma, Mamma Kimbo, raced only 5 times, but she won the G2 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn in just her second career start and was 4th in the 2012 G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. Mamma Kimbo’s mamma, Bag Lady Jane, was a Graded-Stakes Placed winner, as well. In addition to winning a couple of listed Stakes at Woodbine, this Ontario-bred was 3rd in the G2 Monmouth Breeders’ Cup Oaks in 1999. And, Classy Ruler’s 3rd Dam is Deputy Jane West — an Ontario-bred who won nearly $600,000 in 17 starts and was Graded Stakes Placed in the G2 Monmouth Oaks in 1993. Pedigree is there. Broodmare in the making.
  4. Omaha Beach, perhaps the best racehorse in training and a 3YO son of War Front trained by Richard Mandella, worked at Santa Anita this morning. And, he worked impressively. The colt — who was 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in his last outing and now has a stellar record of 4-4-1 in 9 career starts — went 3 furlongs in a blistering :34 flat. That was easily the most impressive work of the entire day, and the flashy, muscular colt seemed to dance off the track at the end. He is scheduled to make the next start in the G1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita. But he very well could run in the Pegasus World Cup, too. Be interesting to see how this guy finishes out his racing career. Hoping it is in spectacular fashion. Already this year, he has won a G1 at 11/8 miles and 6 furlongs. Ran 2nd in a G1 at a Mile. Now, he may try 7 furlongs in a G1. Wow. Just wow.