(British Idiom / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Serengeti Empress / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Scabbard / 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. British Idiom, the undefeated filly who will soon be known as a “Champion” as well, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning for trainer Brad Cox. The 3YO daughter of Flashback — who won both the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland and the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita to end up the 2019 season — went a very nice 4 furlongs in :48.60 over the main dirt track. That was the 20th best time out of 136 to clock the distance. Nice, especially considering that it was only the 3rd published work since the Breeders’ Cup. The trainer talked with us late last week about his top horses, and this gal will be pointed to the Rachel Alexandra Stakes in prep for this year’s KY Oaks. Just like Monomoy Girl did several years ago.
  2. Factor This, a 5YO son of The Factor and entered for this Saturday’s Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap at the Fair Grounds, tuned up with a work for trainer Brad Cox this morning. Went a nice half mile in :48.40. That was the 8th best time out of the 136. This one has speed. And, knows how to use it. Coming off a 3rd in the Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes in New Orleans in the last outing on Dec. 21. Watch out here. Looks ready.
  3. Serengeti Empress, winner of the 2019 KY Oaks for the affable and talented trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. The 4YO daughter of Alternation got her second published worked since the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last November. She went 4 furlongs in a brilliant :48 flat. That was the 5th best time of the day. She gutted out a nice 3rd in the Distaff and now has a 5-2-1 record in 12 career starts. Has earned nearly $1.5 million in the career. One of my favorites. Can’t wait to see her back.
  4. Silver Dust, a 6YO gelded son of the great sire Tapit and trained by W. Bret Calhoun, worked this morning in his final tuneup for Saturday’s Stakes schedule. He was cross-entered in both the G3 Louisiana Stakes and the Bradley Handicap. Be interesting to see where the barn decides to go. But either way? This one can run. And, he loves the Fair Grounds, too. Won the G3 Mineshaft Stakes here and was second in the G2 New Orleans Handicap a year ago. Worked an easy half mile this morn. Went the distance in :50.40. That was 7th best. Ready.
  5. Taraz, a 3YO daughter of Into Mischief and now being pointed to the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park by trainer Brad Cox, was absolutely brilliant in her work at the Fair Grounds this morning. The undefeated filly went a half mile in :46.80 — which was the bullet move of the day. Wow time. In her only two career starts to date, she has a win in a MSW event and a victory in the Letellier Memorial Stakes in New Orleans. More to come here. Could be spectacular.
  6. Long Weekend, a 3YO son of Majesticperfection and trained by Tom Amoss, worked this morning in New Orleans. This one — who won on debut at Churchill Downs last June before running 6th in the G2 Saratoga Special — worked 5 furlongs in :59.20. That was the bullet move out of 52 to clock that distance. Wow Time II. It was the 4th published work for this one since he returned to serious training here in mid-December. Looks ready. Stay tuned here.
  7. Scabbard, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and surely one of the favorites for this Saturday’s G3 Lecomte Stakes, worked at the Fair Grounds for trainer Eddie Kenneally. The colt — who was 2nd to Dennis’ Moment in the G3 Iroquois Stakes before running 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60. Strong tightener. That was the 12th best time out of the 52. Now has 4 published works in prep for the 2020 debut. Look out here. See if improvement made. Talent galore.