(Nadal / Benoit Photography & Courtesy of Santa Anita)

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. Chocolate Kisses, a 4YO daughter of Candy Ride and trained by Mark Casse, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. This one — who is out of the blue hen broodmare Brownie Points — has not raced since finishing 3rd to Street Band in the 2019 G3 Indiana Oaks last July. Got her 7th published work since returning to serious training on Jan. 3. Went 4 furlongs in :48.60. That was the 3rd best time out of 62. I used to own a half-sister to Chocolate Kisses. Sold her.
  2. Mia Mischief, a 5YO daughter of Into Mischief and a multiple Graded Stakes winner for the barn of Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, too. This one — who has not run since winning the Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs last November — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the 12th best time out of 28 to clock the distance. That was the 6th published work since she returned to serious training on Jan. 21. Looks about ready.
  3. Nucky, a 3YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Peter Miller, has dabbled in the Triple Crown preps early this year. Finished 9th in the Smarty Jones Stakes in the last start at Oaklawn Park. Before that, this one was 7th in the Heft Stakes at Laurel Park and 8th in the G1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita last September. Not strong credentials, to be sure. But this one did win the Del Mar Futurity last September — beating the likes of Wrecking Crew, Fore Left, Eight Rings and Storm the Court. So? Worked 5 furlongs at Oaklawn on Sunday. Went the distance in 1:00.80. That was the bullet move out of 6 to go the distance. Looks like he might get another try soon.
  4. Gingham, a 3YO daughter of Quality Road and trained by Team Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning. This one — a definite contender for this year’s KY Oaks — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. That was the 16th best time out of 63 to work the distance. In 7 career races to date, Gingham has only 2 wins. But she has 4 seconds to add to the resume. Was runner-up to Venetian Harbor in the last outing — the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita. But? There’s always a “but,” right? She was beaten a whopping 91/4 lengths in that one, too. Improvement must be made.
  5. West Sider, a 3YO son of Uncle Mo and also trained by Team Baffert, has only raced once in the career to date. But that doesn’t matter to the headmaster of this school operation. May be yet another to join the band on the “Road to the KY Derby.” Broke the maiden at Santa Anita on Feb. 2 in a 7-furlong test over the dirt. Won by 21/2 lengths and did it easily and impressively. Got his 2nd published work since that win this morning at “The Great Race Place.” Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.60. That was 9th best. Put this one on your “Watch List.”
  6. Nadal, one of the shining lights in the Baffert Barn this Winter, worked at Santa Anita, too. The 3YO Blame colt went 6 furlongs in 1:11.80. That was the bullet move out of 12 to go the distance. This one broke the maiden on debut in January. Came back a month later to win the G2 San Vicente Stakes. What’s next? It’s coming. Can he break the Justify Jinx? Some think so.
  7. Honor A.P., a 3YO son of Honor Code and trained by John Shirreffs, is another of the West Coast leading candidates for this year’s Triple Crown chase. This one has not started since he broke the maiden last October at Santa Anita. Easily distanced Tizamagician in that one. Is a little behind some of the others, but he got in a serious work this morning at Santa Anita. For the second straight week, the colt went 7 furlongs. Timed out in 1:28.20. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go that far. Will get tested on the move up. But it is test time.