(Mr. Money after wining the G3 Pat Day Mile / 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.
- Patrol, a 3YO son of Liam’s Map and trained by Mark Casse, may be one to keep an eye on in the future. This one — who cost a hefty $350,000 at the KEE 2YO Sale a year ago — broke his maiden on debut at Aqueduct on Feb. 15. Ran off to an impressive 11/2-length victory after a tardy start left him in the rear of a 6-horse field. Returned to the track to work for the first time since that win today. Went an easy 4 furlongs in :49.75. That was the 23rd best time out of 87 to clock the distance. Like to see him next time out.
- Arklow, a 6YO son of Arch and trained by Brad Cox, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. This guy — who has won over $1.842 million in his career to date — has not run since finishing 5th in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational on Jan. 25. Got his first published work since that dull effort today with a 3-furlong move over the main dirt track in :37.40. That was 9th best out of 17. This one is working his way back to you. Has done so much in his career, including a win in the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park last October. Will make a stud somewhere — to be sure — when the racing is done. More racing to come first, though.
- Digital, 5th in a division of the G2 Risen Star Stakes for trainer W. Bret Calhoun in his last start, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. The 3YO son of Into Mischief — who has a record of 2 wins and a second in 4 lifetime starts to date — went a half mile in :51.40. That was 62nd best of the 74 to clock the distance. I would think this guy would get another shot in the Louisiana Derby. After all, he was beaten only about 6 lengths and had a tough trip down inside for much of the race.
- Scabbard, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and trained by Eddie Kenneally, has been anything but more than impressive in his two starts this year. Billed as a major Triple Crown contender after his 2nd to Dennis’ Moment in the G3 Iroquois and an impressive 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, this one has run a dull 5th in the G3 Lecomte Stakes and a duller 6th in a division of the G2 Risen Star Stakes in his first two outings this year. Surprising. Given his efforts as a 2YO. Worked a half mile in :49.20 this morning at the FG. That was 24th best of the 74. Hope this one can turn it around. Soon.
- Lady Apple, a 4YO daughter of Curlin and trained by Steve Asmussen, has now won 2 Stakes in a row. She won the G3 Remington Park Oaks to end the 2019 campaign and started 2020 with an impressive win in the G3 Houston Ladies Classic. Worked this morning at the FG for trainer Steve Asmussen. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was 13th best of the 35 to go that far. Looks ready for another spot now.
- Mr. Money, a 4YO son of Goldencents and trained by W. Bret Calhoun, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, too. The speed monster went 5 furlongs in :59.80. That was the 2nd best time out of the 35 to go the distance. And, it was the colt’s 5th published work since returning to serious training in early February. This guy reeled off 4 impressive Stakes wins in a row last summer, starting with the G3 Pat Day Mile on Derby Day. Ran a winning race to be second in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby before running 7th over the SA track in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. A talent. For sure. According to the boss, he’s likely to get a couple of more works before a decision is made on the 2020 debut race.
- No Parole, a 3YO son of Violence and maybe the next super freak Louisiana-bred for trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning in prep for the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The undefeated colt breezed 6 furlongs in 1:11.20. That was the only time clocked at the distance. In his first 3 starts, against LA-breds, this guy has won by a total of 34 lengths. That is 34 lengths. As in? Thirty-Four. Time to watch this guy.