(Harvey’s Lil Goil / Coady Photography)
(Nearly?) 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.
Today is one of those “Nearly,” “Some,” and “Every” days. Here’s our looks:
- Ajaaweed, a highly touted son of Curlin just a year ago and now on the comeback trail for trainer Todd Pletcher, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The 4YO — who ran 2nd in the G2 Remsen Stakes in 2019 and 3rd in the G3 Sam F. Davis last Spring — breezed a half-mile over the dirt training track in :49.64. That was the 24th best time out of 96 to clock the distance and it was the colt’s 7th published work since being returned to serious training on Jan. 7. Last two have come in NY after being shipped up from the Palm Beach Downs training facility. Looks about ready to go. Soon.
- Mighty Mischief, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, may be one to keep your eyes on. This February foal made the career debut on Feb. 7 at Oaklawn Park and ran second after setting all the early fractions. Tired late and got caught at the wire. But could be a handful as he matures. Worked today in Hot Springs. Went an easy half mile in :50 flat. That was 33rd best of 52. But he should be back to the gate soon. Eyes open.
- Harvey’s Lil Goil, a 4YO daughter of American Pharoah and trained by Bill Mott, got her 2nd published work since being returned to serious training on Feb. 28. She breeze over the dirt at the Payson Park Training Center in South Florida, going 3 furlongs in :37.20. That was the 3rd best time of 3 to test the distance. This gal finished 2020 as one of the best grass fillies in the world. She won the G2 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at KEE and then ran 3rd in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf over the same course. Lost that day to Audarya and Rushing Fall. But she was beaten a skinny neck and a head for all of it. Be fun to see this one back on the sod soon.
- Floriform, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Mott, broke the maiden last time out at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 13 going a mile over the sod. In 4 starts now, this one has a win and a second. Ran off to an easy and impressive victory last time out and looks to be on the improve. Big time. Worked at Payson Park this morning, as well, going 4 furlongs over the dirt track in :48.80. That was the bullet move out of 7. Look out. This one may have found his niche.
- Nova Rags, a 3YO son of Union Rags and another from the Mott barn, skipped Saturday’s G2 Tampa Bay Derby and worked at Payson Park this morning, too. Last time out, this one was second to stablemate Candy Man Rocket in the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes. Came within a length of winning that one. On Saturday, the teammate was a big disappointment as the PT favorite. But on Sunday, this one worked impressively. Went 5 furlongs in 1:03.40. That was 3rd best of 10. May be headed to the Florida Derby next. Be interesting to see.
- Gamine, the 3YO filly sprint Champ of a year ago, breezed at Santa Anita this morning for trainer Bob Baffert. The BC winner went 4 furlongs in :48.40, which was the 17th best time out of 80 to clock the distance. She is making her way back to you. Should not be too much longer.
- Jolie Olimpica, a multiple Graded Stakes winning daughter of Drosselmeyer for trainer Richard Mandella, was impressive this morning at “The Great Race Place.” Went a half-mile in :46.20, which was the bullet move out of the 80 to go that far. Last time out, she was 2nd in the G3 Las Cienegas Stakes in her 2021 debut. In 8 lifetime starts now, she has 5 wins and 3 seconds. Special. Very. Special.