(Trainer Bob Baffert may have a nice 2YO colt in Eight Rings / Photo by Gene McLean)

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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Bridaled Temper, a 4YO daughter of War Front and still hunting that “black type” for trainer Mark Casse, worked brilliantly at Churchill Downs this morning. The filly — who has 1 win, 6 seconds and 1 third in 12 career starts to date — worked a half mile under the Twin Spires in a brisk :47.20. That was the bullet move out of 32 to make the distance this morning. This morning’s move was the first work in a month, and the best morning move that she shows on the board. Look for this one to be ready next time out. I am.
  2. Eight Rings, a 2YO colt by Empire Maker and trained by Bob Baffert, was impressive this morning in his workout at Del Mar. The colt — who broke the maiden at first asking on Aug. 4 just 11 days ago — went 5 furlongs in a snappy 1:00.40. That was the 5th best time out of 43 to clock that distance. Look for this one to show up in a Stakes event at Del Mar soon. Looks to have all the talent in the world. Connections bought him for $520,000 at the KEE September Yearling Sale a year ago from the Taylor Made Sales Agency. Bingo.
  3. Flor de La Mar, a 3YO Tiznow filly trained by Team Baffert, worked this morning at Del Mar, as well. She went 6 furlongs in 1:13.60 — which was the bullet move out of 4 to go that far this morning. After running 11th to Serengeti Empress in this year’s KY Oaks, Flor de La Mar returned to California and ran 5th in the G2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on May 26. Has been off since then. But today’s work was the 9th published move since June 22. Looks ready.
  4. Tap It to Win, a 2YO son of Tapit and a Florida-bred (interesting) for trainer Mark Classe, worked this morning at Saratoga. The colt, who was 2nd on debut at Woodbine on July 21, went 5 furlongs in :59.45 — which was the bullet move out of 4 to work the distance over the main dirt track. The Live Oak home-bred should be ready to score the maiden win soon. Looks like a good one in the making.