(By My Standards / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

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.

  1. By My Standards, winner of the G2 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds back in the Spring and last seen running 11th in this year’s KY Derby, is back on the comeback trail. Got his 3rd published work since returning to serious training in New Orleans on Nov. 29 this morning. Went a half mile for the first time, touring the distance in a time of :50.60 — which was the 52nd best time out of 82 to clock the distance. Still aways away from seeing the starting gate, but trainer W. Bret Calhoun is known to bring them back in great order. Look for this one to progress nicely over the next month to six weeks. Should be ready early in 2020. Looking forward to it.
  2. Divine Queen, a Stakes winning Divine Park mare trained by Buff Bradley, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. The 4YO mare went 4 furlongs in :49 flat, which was the 9th best time out of the 82. This gal — who ran 6th in the G3 Chilukki Stakes last time out after winning the Open Mind Stakes the race before — has proven to love the mud and the off-going. She may find some more of the rain this winter and early spring. If she does? Look out.
  3. His Glory, a 2YO Mineshaft filly trained by Tom Amoss, is coming off a disappointing 6th in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes in her last outing. But the talented filly ran a huge 2nd just three starts ago in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes and followed that up with a powerhouse win in an allowance at Churchill Downs on Oct. 27. Worked this morning in New Orleans, going 4 furlongs in :49.80. That was 34th best of the 82 that went the distance. Look for this one to hang with the best 3YO fillies at the Fair Grounds this winter. Can she duplicate the accomplishments of her roommate Serengeti Empress? Time will tell.
  4. Halama, a 2YO daughter of Pioneerof the Nile and trained by Brendan Walsh, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, too. This one — who cost $200,000 to purchase at the Fast-Tipton October Yearling Sale in 2018 — went 5 furlongs in 1:03 flat. That was the 19th best time out of 30 to make that distance. Halama won on debut at Churchill Downs on Nov. 9. Rallied late in that one to pull away and win impressively by over 2 lengths against the PT favorite. And, that was going 6 furlongs. With this pedigree, Halama should get better and better with added distance. One to watch this winter. Talent here.
  5. Lone Sailor, a 4YO colt despite what you might read on Equibase that he is now a gelding, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds for trainer Tom Amoss. Despite the fact that he has won only 2 times out of the 22 races that he has popped from the gate, Lone Sailor has amassed over $1.203 million in earnings. Got his 2nd published work since returning to serious training on Dec. 3. Went 5 furlongs today in 1:00.20. That was the bullet move out of the 30. Look for this one to have a nice winter, too. Loves it at the Fair Grounds.