(Snapper Sinclair winning the Tourist Mile at KY Downs / Photo Courtesy of KY Downs)
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.
- Grit and Curiosity, winner of a MSW event at Indy Grand in the last outing on Oct. 16, will make his next start at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28. Tuned up for that with a breeze this morning under the Twin Spires. Went 3 furlongs in :39.20. That was the 8th best time out of the 8 to go the distance. This son of Macho Uno, trained by Peter Miller, has the one win and 3 seconds in 5 career starts now. Look for more out of this one soon. Seems to be just now coming into his own.
- Tight Ten, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Steve Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds group, really looked like he was cut out to be a good one. A real, real good one. In the first 3 career starts last year, as a 2YO, he won on debut and then ran 2nd in both the G2 Saratoga Special and the G3 Iroquois Stakes. Stardom here we come. Since then, though, he has not been the same. Ran 9th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Has been 10th, 11th and 8th in three starts since then. Will try to right the ship this week. Is also entered on the 28th at Churchill Downs. Tuned up today with a blowout work. Went 3 furlongs in :38 flat. That was 4th best of the 8. Here’s hoping this one can find his way back.
- Snapper Sinclair, a 4YO son of City Zip and trained by Asmussen, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. This one — who was last seen running a game 4th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile — went 4 furlongs in :50.80. It was his 2nd published work since the Breeders’ Cup experience. In the race before the Breeders’ Cup, Snapper won the Tourist Mile over the hills and dales of KY Downs. Versatile sort, to be sure. In 19 career starts now, Snapper has a record of 5-3-2 and has won over $1 million in purses. Wow. Hard to believe, in some ways. Here’s hoping he has a great 2020 coming up, too.
- Silver Slate, a 2YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Asmussen, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, too. This guy — who cost $450,000 at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2018 — went 5 furlongs in 1:02.20. That was the 7th best time out of 17 to clock the distance. In his only start to date, Silver Slate came home a dead-heat winner with a horse named Relentless Dancer. Silver Slate got there at the wire to tie after a furious stretch rally. Here’s the impressive thing: the two of them were nearly 10 lengths in front of the third place horse. Look for more out of this one soon. Seems like he could be a good one.