(Maximum Security / 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. Maximum Security, a 4YO son of New Year’s Day and an Eclipse Award winner from a year ago, worked this morning in prep for Saudi Arabia. The colt, trained by Jason Servis, went an easy half mile in :52.40 at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. That was the 26th best time out of 26 to target the distance. In 9 career starts, this one has 7 wins and a second. Only time off the board was the DQ in the 2019 KY Derby. Last time out was the G1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in December. Won that one for the third win in a row. Be interesting to see if the connections actually do “man up” and face some serious contenders. Mostly, they have played dodge ball throughout this one’s career.
  2. Phat Man, a 6YO gelded son of Munnings and trained by J. Kent Sweezey, is coming off a nice win in the G3 Fred W. Hooper Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25. Before that one, ran 2nd in the G3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes. Worked this morning at Tampa Bay Downs. Went 4 furlongs in :48.80, which was the 4th best time out of 27 to go that far. Sweezey purchased this one for a modest $65,000 at Fasig-Tipton Horse’s of Racing Age Sale in 2019. Has now won over $461,853, with a promising future still ahead. Well done.