(South Bend / 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.
- Basin, a 3YO son of Liam’s Map and trained by Steve Asmussen, may still be considered on the path towards the 2020 Triple Crown races. Has not raced since winning the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga last September, but in three career starts this one has a second and two wins. Got is 7th published work this morning since returning to serious training on Jan. 15. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 at the Fair Grounds. That was the 4th best time out of 6 to clock that distance. It was the 4th time that this colt has gone 5 furlongs. Looks about ready to start back. Bears watching. Talented.
- Kowalski, a 3YO son of Will Take Charge and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, could be a horse to watch for this Spring. This colt has run 4 times already in the career with a 3rd at Churchill Downs on debut and a 2nd at Saratoga last July. Started back after a 5 month layup on Jan. 25 at Oaklawn Park in a MSW event. Ran 8th in that one. But got his first published work since that race today. Went a brisk half mile in :47.60 — which was the 2nd best time out of 23 to go that far. This one is going to be a winner soon. Too much talent to hide here. Bears watching.
- Necker Island, a 3YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Stanley Hough, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. Made the 2020 debut in the G3 Swale Stakes on Feb. 1. Ran 5th to Mischevious Alex in that one and was well beaten by about 12 lengths. Was way wide in that one, though, when piloted by Tyler Gaffalione. Before that race, this one had won two in a row at Churchill Downs. Went 5 furlongs this morning in a time of 1:00.25, which was the bullet move out of 8 to go that distance. It was the 2nd work since the race. Looks like he could get another try against the big boys. Stay tuned.
- South Bend, another talented 3YO in the barn of Hough, worked at PMTC this morning, as well. This son of Algorithms went in company with the stablemate. Since running 6th to Silver Prospector in the G2 KY Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November, this one finished 4th int he Mucho Macho Man Stakes and 3rd in the Dania Beach stakes at Gulfstream. The last event was a mile over the turf. Lost by a neck and a head in that one. Looks like the lawn is best for this one.
- Game Winner, the 4YO son of Candy Ride and trained by Bob Baffert, is on the come-back trail. The last time he was in a race, Game Winner won the G3 Los Alamitos Derby on July 13, 2019. In 8 career starts, Game Winner has 5 winners and 2 seconds. Today was the first work back since the last race. Went 3 furlongs in :36.60 at Santa Anita. That was the bullet move out of 4 starts. Be fun to see this one back at the races.
- Rare Find, a 3YO filly by Bernardini and trained by Richard Mandella, worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. This Godolphin Stables homebred worked a half mile in :48.60. That was the 3rd best time out of 14 to go the distance. This one has raced three times in the career. Broke the maiden last November at Del Mar in the second start. Ran 3rd in an allowance at SA on Jan. 3. Look for this one to pique some interest very soon.
- Improbable, a 4YO son of City Zip and also trained by Team Baffert, was back on the work tab at Santa Anita this morning, too. The Graded Stakes winner went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80, which was the 12th best time out of 22 to test the watch. This one has not run since finishing 5th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at SA last November. More to come.