(Midnight Bisou / 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.
- Engage, a 5YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in preparation for his 2020 debut. The colt is coming off two of his most impressive performances — a win in the G2 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland last October and a 4th place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. He got his 10th published workout since returning to the training table in December. Worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat today. That was 2nd best of 16. Looks ready. Chomping ready.
- Midnight Bisou, the brilliant daughter of Midnight Lute and trained by Asmussen, tuned up for her trip to the Saudi Arabian desert with a work this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. Went 5 furlongs in a brilliant :59.60. That was the bullet move on the day. It was her 9th published move since December and her 2nd place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Looking good.
- Market King, a 4YO son of Into Mischief and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, was eye-popping in his work at Oaklawn Park this morning. He went 4 furlongs in :46.80 — which was the bullet move out of 25 to go the distance. Wow Time. In 12 career starts, this one has only one win. But he did run third in the G2 Rebel Stakes a year ago over this track. May be ready for better things in the future. Let’s hope.
- Raggedy Annie, a 3YO Union Rags filly trained by Coach Lukas for the Churchill Downs Racing Club, worked this morning in Hot Springs, too. She was sparkling, as well, clocking a half-mile in :47.60. That was the 4th best time out of the 25. She is entered to run on Feb. 20 in an allowance event here in Arkansas. In 6 previous starts, she has a win and two seconds. Pulling for this gal. Great rooting team behind her.
- Regal Beauty, a 3YO daughter of Malibu Moon and trained by Bob Baffert, is the latest addition to our “Horses to Watch List.” This gal has raced only one time so far. Ran second and was beaten a head on debut on Jan. 26. Got off to a horrible start that day and left last. Came running with a real purpose late and just missed the win spot when traveling just 5.5 furlongs. This one could be a good one. Take note.