(Sir Winston winning the Belmont Stakes / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
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:
- Gretzky the Great, a 3YO Ontario-bred son of Nyquist and a Graded Stakes winner now for trainer Mark Casse, worked at the trainer’s winter homebase near Ocala this morning. Went 3 furlongs in :36.40, in his first published move since running 4th in the Toronto Cup Stakes at Woodbine back in September. Before that, this one won the Greenwood Stakes at the same locale. In 9 starts now, the bay colt has 4 wins, a second and a third and has earned over $362,782 in the career. Just starting the road back, but would be nice to see this one — named after the NHL star — return to glory days.
- Credibility, a 2YO son of Nyquist and another trained bay Casse, worked at the farm base on Thursday morning, as well. This one — who ran a very credible 3rd to Tiz the Bomb in the G2 Castle & Key Bourbon Stakes at KEE before finishing 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar to finish the year — went a half-mile in :48.20. That was the 3rd best time out of 9 to go that distance today. It was the 2nd published move since being sent to the Florida winter headquarters. More to come here.
- Sir Winston, a 5YO son of Awesome Again and another trained by Casse, worked at the Palm Meadows Training Center this morning. The winner of the 2019 G1 Belmont Stakes went 4 furlongs in an easy :49.70 — which was 19th best of the 36 to clock the distance. Last time out, this one won the G3 Valedictory Stakes at Woodbine on Dec. 5. That capped a very nice fall in Canada for this KY-bred. In 19 lifetime starts now, this one has a record of 6-4-1 and has earned over $1.189 million. In 4 starts this year, has 2 wins and 2 seconds. Looking to go out on top before heading off to a stud career, to be sure.
- Phat Man, a 7YO son of Munnings and trained by J. Kent Sweeey, worked at the Palm Meadows facility this morning, as well. This guy has started 9 times this year with a couple of wins, but was 3rd in the G3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park back in August. Now has won nearly $670,000 in the career. Went 5 furlongs today in 1:01.90, which was the 6th best time out of the 9 to clock that distance.
- Macho Unusual, a 5YO daughter of Mucho Macho Man and trained by Tim Yakteen, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The runner-up in the G3 Santa Ana Stakes back in march and winner of the G3 Megahertz Stakes here last January went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the 5th best time out of 15. Nice move. Especially considering that this one has run only once in October since the March Stakes appearance. Won that return in allowance company. Looks about ready to return to stakes competition. California-bred has won nearly $1 million now. Great accomplishment.
- Moonlight d’Oro, a 3YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by Richard Mandella, worked at “The Great Race Place” this morning, as well. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat. That was the 7th best time out of the 15. This gal ran 3rd in the G3 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 5. Lost to As Time Goes by that day. But this one has real talent. In 6 lifetime starts, she has a 2-2-2 mark and nearly $200,000 in earnings. More to come here.