(Life Is Good / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
(Risk Taking / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
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.
- Risk Taking, a 3YO son of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by Chad Brown, certainly appears to be on the New York viaduct version of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The colt has now won two in a row and made the 2021 debut in style by winning the G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 6. Captured that event by nearly 4 lengths after falling well off the pace-setters in the early going. Has the pedigree and a very nice closing kick, to boot. Next? Worked today at Belmont Park and for the first time since the winning effort. Went 4 furlongs in a maintenance-move time of :50.06. That was 34th best of 120. Has the right connections.
- The Grass Is Blue, a 3YO daughter of Broken Vow and another under the tutelage of Chad Brown, worked at Belmont Park today, as well. This gal, who has 3 wins and a third in the first 5 lifetime starts, went a half-mile over the dirt training track in :49.21. That was the 11th best work at the distance. Last time out, this one captured the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 24. May try deeper waters next out. Stay tuned.
- Bell’s the One, a multiple Graded Stakes winning daughter of Majesticperfection and trained by Neil Pessin, has not raced since finishing 3rd in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at KEE last November. But the 5YO mare got her 3rd published workout since being returned to serious training on Feb. 2 this morning at the Fair Grounds. She breezed 4 furlongs in :50 flat. That was the 45th best tim out of 125 to air it out at this distance. Has aways to go before she is ready for afternoon work, but this gal is a real good one. In 15 lifetime starts, she has 7 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds. Career earnings to date are over $880,000. More to come.
- Hieronymus, a multiple Stakes winner by Girolamo and trained by Brad Cox, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, as well. this 4YO colt went a half-mile in :48.60 over the main dirt track. That was 14th best of the 125 to go that far, and it was his 4th published work since coming back on Jan. 23. In 6 lifetime starts to date, this one has 4 wins. Ran 4th in the War Chant Stakes at Churchill Downs last May and has been off ever since. Be fun to see this one back at the starting gate soon. Good luck.
- No Parole, a 4YO Louisiana-bred son of Violence and trained by Tom Amoss, got the 2021 season off to a good start with a powerful, 3-length win in the Premier Sprint Stakes at Delta Downs on Feb. 10. It was his first race since running 6th in the G2 Phoenix at KEE last October. In 9 career starts now, this G1 winner of the Woody Stephens Stakes has 6 wins. Got his first work since the 2021 debut today at the Fair Grounds. Went an easy half-mile in :48.40. That was the 8th best time out of 125. Sprinter can sprint.
- Silver Dust, a 7YO gelded son of Tapit and trained by W. Bret Calhoun, just loves his days in New Orleans. Over the last 7 races at the Fair Grounds, dating back to 2018, he has 3 wins and 2 seconds. He has wins in both the 2019 & 2020 versions of the G3 Mineshaft Stakes. Has not raced since finishing 10th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last November at KEE. But he got his 7th published work in New Orleans since Jan. 9 today. Went 4 furlongs in :50.40. That was 73rd of the 125. Looks about ready to pop. In 31 lifetime starts? Has a record of 6-7-5 and has earned over $885,000. Next?
- Cazadero, a 3YO son of Street Sense and trained by Steve Asmussen, caused a stir last summer as a top-ranked 2YO and possible contender for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Won each of his first two career starts at Churchill Downs, including the G2 Bashford Manor Stakes. Next up was the G2 Saratoga Special in August. Ran 5th that day and has not been back to the races since. Got his 8th published workout since being returned to the training track in late December this morning at the Fair Grounds. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 7th best time out of 66 to go that far. Look for this one to be entered soon. Talent.
- Jackie’s Warrior, an undefeated 2YO last year until his 4th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for Team Asmussen, worked this morning in New Orleans, as well. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60. That was his 9th published work here this winter and it was the 17th best of 66. Read. Set. When is he going to go?
- Ubiquitous, a 3YO Florida-bred son of Prospective and trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr., is entered to run in a MSW event at Gulfstream Park later this week (Feb. 25). Blew out for that chance with an eye-opening breeze this morning in South Florida. Went 3 furlongs in a blistering :34.04, which was the bullet move out of 21 to go the distance. Wow time. In only previous start, this one ran 4th at GP on Jan. 28. Bumped at the start of that one and really never had much of a run at the leaders. Look for this week’s return.
- Drain the Clock, a 3YO son of Maclean’s Music and the impressive winner of the G3 Swale Stakes last time out for the barn of Saffie Joseph, Jr., worked this morning at Gulfstream Park, as well. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.52. That was 9th best of 28 to go that far. In 5 career starts, this colt has finished four of them. In those four? Won them all. Next up may be the G2 Fountain of Youth. Or he could be in for a road trip to New York. Wherever he goes, one may need to watch. Carefully. Could be a huge talent on the move up.
- Irish Honor, another top runner in the Joseph barn, worked 5 furlongs at GP today, as well. Went the distance in 1:00.50. That was 8th best. In 4 career starts, this one has 2 wins — including a victory last time out at GP on Jan. 27. Next?
- Greatest Honour, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Shug McGaughey, is now one of the top contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby, after his impressive and blowout win in the G3 Holy Bull Stakes at GP on Jan. 30. Got his 2nd work since that effort today at Payson Park in South Florida. Went an easy half-mile in :51.20. That was the 15th best time out of 28. Look for this one to stick to the Florida route up to Louisville. Will be artfully trained by the HOFer. One of the best in the business.
- Life Is Good, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and undefeated in two career starts for Team Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning. This top contender for the 2021 Kentucky Derby went 5 furlongs in a super-quick :59.60. That was the bullet move out of 54 to go the distance. Whirlwind. World-class. This one is good, alright. Really, really good. Next.
- Freedom Fighter, a 3YO son of Violence and also trained by Team Baffert, is coming off a game and hard-fought 2nd to his roomate Concert Tour in the G2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 6. Was back in action this a.m. at “The Great Race Place.” Went 6 furlongs in 1:13 flat. Bullet move out of the 7 to clock the distance. Gutty. Good. And, classy. Can he get the distance? Time will tell.