(Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr with Ny Traffic / Coady Photography)

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:

  1. Delightof the Nile, a 3YO daughter of Pioneerof the Nile and trained by Dale Romans for the partnership of CJ Thoroughbreds, worked at Gulfstream Park this morn. This gal has yet to break the MSW, but does have 2 2nds in the first 4 career starts. Ran 2nd in her last start, which was back in November at Churchill Downs. Was beaten that day by Cocktail Moments, a well-respected daughter of Uncle Mo and trained by Ken McPeek. This morning, Delightof the Nile went 4 furlongs in :47.36. That was the bullet move out of 78 to clock the distance at the South Florida track. That was the 3rd published work since being returned to serious training on March 6. And, that was a serious work. Next?
  2. White Abarrio, impressive winner of the G3 Holy Bull Stakes last time out for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr, worked at Gulfstream Park this morning, as well. The 3YO son of Race Day breezed 5 furlongs over the main dirt track in 1:00.42. That was the 4th best time out of 17 to clock the distance. In 4 career starts now, this guy has 3 wins and a 3rd. Lone loss came in the G2 KY Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Smile Happy made the horse frown that day. But he returned with a powerful run in the Holy Bull on Feb. 5. Next outing is the G1 Florida Derby. Could be a tough out.
  3. Naval Aviator, a very talented 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Brad Cox, worked at Keeneland on the comeback trail this morning. The colt breezed a half-mile over the main dirt track in :49.20. That was the 5th best time out of 11 to go that distance. It was the colt’s 4th published work — all in Lexington — since being returned to serious training on Feb. 25. In two career starts so far, this one has a win and a 2nd. Last time out was on Dec. 2 at the Fair Grounds. Was runner-up — by just a head — to Trafalgar in that one. In the career debut, which was last October at Keeneland? Beat some good prospects. Look for this one to be a handful when he returns to the races in April. Home ground is good ground.
  4. Consumer Spending, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and trained by Chad Brown, has not raced since finishing a troubled 6th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar last November, was back on the training schedule and track at Palm Meadows this morning. The gray gal went 4 furlongs in :49.50. That was 26th best out of 53 to clock that distance. It was her 4th published work since returning to serious training in late February. More a.m. works to come, but this one is back on the right track. Look out come spring at KEE.
  5. Portfolio Company, a 3YO son of Kitten’s Joy and another from the barn of Chad Brown, worked at Palm Meadows, as well. This one, who was 8th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last time out, went 4 furlongs over the main dirt track in :49.10. That was the 19th best time out of the 53. In 4 career starts to date, this guy has a win and two 2nds. Ran 2nd in the G2 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park in early October and 2nd in the G3 With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga. He should like the sod at KEE come April, too. Look out.
  6. Tax, a multiple Graded Stakes winner who was claimed by trainer Danny Gargan, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows training site, too. Went 4 furlongs over the dirt track in :48.95. That was the 15th best time. This guy has not started in over a year. Last time out was Jan. 23 in the year of 2021. Ran 10th in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes then, when distanced by Knicks Go. On the comeback trail now. Got his 6th published work today since returning to serious training on Feb. 4. Here’s hoping this 6YO gelding gets it all back and gets all the way back. Fun horse. Fun story.
  7. Big Novel, a 3YO California-bred daughter of Mr. Big, got a work today at Santa Anita. The multiple Graded Stakes place winner of 2 races in 7 starts went 4 furlongs over the main dirt track in :47.20. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 59 to work that distance. Last time out, this gal — trained by the accomplished John Sadler — won an allowance at Santa Anita. Time before, she was 2nd in the Leigh Ann Howard California Cup Oaks. Time before that, she was 2nd in the Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Al. Can this one garner the points to come to the KY Oaks? Not without a shot.
  8. Messier, a 3YO son of Empire Maker and still in the care of the embattled trainer Bob Baffert, toured the Santa Anita main track today, as well. Went 4 furlongs in :48.60. That was the 26th best time out of the 59. Just a maintenance work since his win in the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes here on Feb. 6. What’s next in this whole scenario? Guess the Franklin County Judge will have his say on Monday. Stay tuned.
  9. Sumter, a 3YO son of War Front and trained by HOFer Richard Mandella, worked at “The Great Race Place” this morning, too. The well-bred colt — who seems to prefer the sod — went 4 furlongs over the main dirt track in :48 flat. That was the 10th best time. This guy has won two in a row, including the Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita in mid-February. In 5 career starts now, has a 2-2-0 mark. Only miss came in the career debut last July. Could be a grass superstar in the making. Stay tuned.
  10. Doppelgänger, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and another still in the Baffert barn, worked for the 2nd time since running 2nd in the G2 San Felipe Stakes here on March 5. Was well-drilled by Forbidden Kingdom that day. No match. Worked 6 furlongs today in a time of 1:10.80. That was the bullet move out of 8 to go the distance. Connections paid $570,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sale in 2020. Be interesting to see where this guy goes next, too. Stay tuned.