(Chimney Rock / 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. American Anthem, a 5YO son of Bodemeister and formerly trained by Team Baffert, worked this morning at Belmont Park for the new barn operator Rodolphe Brisset. The horse — who ran 3rd in the G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar just 2 races ago and is a multiple Graded Stakes winner int he past — went 3 furlongs in :39.45. It was the horse’s first breeze since he ran 4th in a tough allowance event at KEE on Oct. 12. May be getting ready for the New Year. Count me as intrigued.
  2. Life on the Road, a 2YO son of Street Sense and trained by Team Asmussen, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. This guy — who broke the maiden at first asking at Ellis Park back in August and then ran 9th in the G1 Breeder’s Futurity at KEE in October — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. that was the 5th best time out of 9 to go that far. This one could be OK, especially at the longer distances to come. The dam, Easy Living, is by  Big Brown and was Stakes-placed in an 8-race career, where she won 3 times. This colt brought $450,000 at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2018. That’s a bunch for this pedigree. Bears watching.
  3. Banks Island, a 2YO son of Tapit and trained by Brendan Walsh for the owner/breeder Godolphin Stables, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The colt — who has a couple of seconds in the first 4 starts — went a nice half mile in :48.80. that was the 14th best time out of 91 to go that far. Keep an eye on this one. When the light bulb goes off? May be tough to handle.
  4. Dream Maker, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Mark Casse, has moved from the barn’s training camp in Florida to the racetrack in New Orleans. Indication that he may be about ready to return to the races. This one has not raced since finishing 3rd to Mr. Money in the G3 Pat Day Mile on KY Derby Day 2019. Worked 7 times at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida before today’s move at the Fair Grounds. Went a very nice half mile in :47.60 — the bullet move out of the 91. Super work. Looks about ready. This one is a talent. May be ready to explode. Bears watching.
  5. Sir Winston, the 3YO son of Awesome Again and winner of the G1 Belmont Stakes in his last start on June 8, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans for Team Casse, as well. The big colt went the same distance in the same time as Dream Maker. Sir Winston put in six works at the Casse Training Center before moving over to the Fair Grounds. Has been in training since late October. May be about ready to resume the race career, too. Good thing.
  6. Chimney Rock, a 2YO son of Artie’s Schiller and a Louisiana-bred trained by Mike Maker, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. This one — who ran 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint in the last outing — is now entered for the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes — this coming Saturday. He got his final prep today, going 5 furlongs in 1:03.60. That was the 48th best time out of 53 to go that far over the dirt track. It was his 3rd published move since returning from the Breeders’ Cup. Interesting sort here. Be fun to watch going forward.
  7. Ready to Roll, a 2YO son of City Zip and owned by Chester Thomas’ Allied Stables, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds for trainer W. Bret Calhoun. The colt — who raced 5th on debut at Churchill Downs — went 5 furlongs in a very brisk :59.80 this morning. Thomas purchased this one for a handsome $275,000 at a 2YO Sale back in April. Could be sharp the next time out. I’m on it.