(Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr., who conditions White Abarrio, is seen here with Ny Traffic / Coady Photo)
We are back looking at the daily workout schedule from around the country. Every day (Some days?), 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.
We are back…Take a look:
- Nashville, a brilliantly fast son of Speightstown and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans this morning. This guy is entered in an allowance race at the Fair Grounds on March 18, and warmed up for that next outing with a breeze today. Went an easy 3/8ths in :38 flat. That was the 4th best time out of the 13 to tag the distance. In lone start this year, this one was 7th in the King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Has not won since he ripped off 3 straight to start the career — the last coming on Nov. 7, 2020 in the Perryville Stakes at KEE. Asmussen trying to reset the mind this week.
- Bonny South, a multiple Graded Stakes winning daughter of Munnings and trained by Brad Cox, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, as well. Went a half mile over the main dirt track in :48 flat. Nice work. Under wraps. That was the bullet move out of 106 to go the distance, too. Wow. Last time out, Bonny South was 2nd to Envoutante Stakes in the G2 Falls City Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Today’s move was the 4th published work since being returned to serious training on Feb. 20. May be a few more morning preps before she makes the gate. But coming.
- Gilded Ruler, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Brad Cox, worked in New Orleans this morning, too. Went 4 furlongs in :50.60. That was the 71st best time out of 106 to go that far. It was the first move since Feb. 28. Might want to keep an eye on this boy. Has made 3 career starts. Has a 1-1-1 record. Last time out, he was 2nd to the highly regarded Higher Standard in an allowance race. Worth watching for this one.
- Just Might, one of the best turf sprinters in the world right now and trained by the marvelous Michelle Lovell, worked at the Fair Grounds. This guy — who captured the first running of the Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes last September at Churchill Downs — should have won each of the last two. May have been some pilot errors in both of those efforts. Kept the razor edge today with a breeze over the dirt track, going 4 furlongs in :50.40. That was the 65th best time. This one can sprint over any surface and at any time. Ready to add to an impressive resume and a bankroll of over $851,000 now.
- Sequist, a 3Yo daughter of Nyquist and trained by Dallas Stewart, tuned up this morning at the Fair Grounds. This gal — who ran 3rd in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes last October at KEE before finishing 5th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies — worked 4 furlongs in :49.20. That was the 32nd best time out of 106. Ran 3rd in an allowance here on Feb. 18 to open the 2022 campaign. Should be moving again soon.
- Red Run, a 3YO son of Gun Runner and another trained by Team Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds. The winer of the Bob Bork Texas Turf Mile Stakes last time out returned to the work world this a.m. with a 5-furlong move over the main dirt track in 1:02.80. That was the 23rd best time out of the 37 to tour the distance. May have found a new home on the sod. Interesting.
- Mac’s Time, a 3YO son of Not This Time and trained by Dale Romans, breezed at Gulfstream Park today. The March 1 foal broke the MSW at Ellis Park last summer before running 11th in the G1 Breeders’ Futurity at KEE in October. Been off since. Got back on the work calendar for the first time since then today with a 4 furlong breeze in :49 flat. That was 37th best. Looking forward to seeing this one return this year.
- White Abarrio, a 3YO son of Race Day and trained by Saffie Joseph Jr., returned to the work schedule today at Gulfstream Park. Breezed 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in a brisk time of :59.49. That was the bullet time out of 15 on the calendar. Very nice back-to-back works since winning the G3 Holy Bull Stakes here to begin the 2022 campaign. Ran 3rd in the G2 KY Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Appears that he may be headed back to that location this Spring. Florida Derby next.
- Dr Post, a 5YO son of Quality Road and trained by Todd Pletcher, worked at the Palm Beach Downs training center this morning. Went 4 furlongs in an easy :51.21. That was 17th best out of 18 to go that distance. It was the first move in a month for this guy. Has not run since being 7th in the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs last November. Before that was 3rd in both the G1s Woodward Stakes and the Pacific Classic. Hope to see this one get back to racing soon.
- Consumer Spending, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and trained by turf guru Chad Brown, worked at the Palm Meadows training center this morning. This one went 4 furlongs in :48.70 — which was 5th best of the 38 to breeze the distance. Has not run since finishing a troubled 6th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. Before that won the Selima Stakes at Laurel Park. Worth watching this one’s return.
- Letruska, the champion mare who returned to the racing fray with a win in the G3 Royal Delta Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 26, returned to the work schedule today. Went 4 furlongs at Palm Meadows, going the distance in a spectacular :47.75 over the dirt track. That was the bullet move out of the 38. Wow. This gal just is tremendous. Has now won over $2.3 million and looks like more is on the way.
- Adare Manor, a brilliant 3YO filly by Uncle Mo and one still being trained by the embattled Bob Baffert, is coming off back-to-back wins including the G3 Las Virgenes Stakes. Worked today at Santa Anita. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. That was the 9th best time out of 61 to go that far. Has credentials to go to the big time in Kentucky. But you know the rest of the story.
- Messier, another 3YO in the Baffert barn (still), worked at Santa Anita today, as well. The Ontario-bred — who won the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes last time out after losing to Slow Down Andy in the G2 Los Alamitos Futurity — went 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in :59.40. That was the bullet move out of 61 to clock the distance. Santa Anita Derby coming up. Next?
- Slow Down Andy, who was a disappointing 6th in the G2 Risen Start Stakes at the Fair Grounds to begin the 2022 campaign, worked at Santa Anita for trainer Doug O’Neill today. Went 7 furlongs — yep, that long — in 1:27.40. Only horse to work that long. Don’t know the next plans for this one, yet, but I would not toss him out of the Ky Derby equation. Not yet. The California-bred is a bit quirky and has some “racing green” issues so far. But talent is deep and wide.