(Scabbard / 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.
- Reiterate, a 3YO Competitive Edge filly trained by Mark Casse, worked at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida this morning. The filly — who won on debut last April at Gulfstream Park and then was 4th in the Astoria Stakes at Belmont Park in June and 8th in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine in July — went 4 furlongs in a brisk :48 flat. That was from the gate. And, it was the bullet move of the day. Looks like this one is about ready to return to the track soon.
- Two Sixty, a 3YO Florida-bred daughter of Uncaptured and also trained by Casse, worked at the training center, too. This one — who has two wins and a second in 6 starts to date and was 9th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juv Fillies — went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move out of 5 to go the distance. Just a week before, the filly went a half mile in :48 flat. Looks about ready to go to the track, too. Two Sixty won the Florida Sire My Girl Stakes at Gulfstream Park back in September. More to come.
- Chocolate Kisses, a 4YO daughter of Candy Ride and trained by Casse, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning. This G3 winner of the Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park last March went 4 furlongs in :51.20. That was the third work since returning to training in mid-December. Previous two were at the farm’s training center. In 11 previous starts, this one has a 3-1-2 record and over $282,000 in purse earnings. Last race was last July, when she was 3rd in the G3 Indiana Oaks to Street Band. This one should be better at 4.
- Bodexpress, a 4YO son of Bodemeister and 3rd in the most recent G3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park in mid-December, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park West for trainer Gustavo Delgado. As a maiden, Bodexpress ran 2nd in last year’s G1 Florida Derby to Maximum Security. After that was 13th in the troubled KY Derby and then tossed the rider John Velazquez in the G1 Preakness Stakes. Finally broke the maiden last October and then won an allowance at GP West before the Harlan’s Holiday. Is expected to run next in the Pegasus World Cup. Stay tuned.
- Raggedy Annie, a 3YO daughter of Union Rags and trained by HOFer D. Wayne Lukas for the Churchill Downs Racing Club, is coming off a win in her last start at Churchill Downs. Trained this morning at Oaklawn Park, going a half mile in :50.80. That was 19th best of 26 to go the distance. It was her 4th published work since the win. Hot Springs will get a bit warmer when the race meet opens this month.
- Channel Cat, a 5YO son of English Channel and trained by Todd Pletcher, worked at the Palm Beach Downs training center in South Florida this morning. This guy — who has a 5-2-5 record in 20 starts is just a good win away from joining the $1 million mark in career earnings. Ran 3rd in the G2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes on Dec. 14 in the last outing. That was after a 7th place finishing in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf. More in store in 2020. Looks ready to crank it up again.
- Green Light Go, a 3YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. In 3 starts to date, this one has a 2-1-0 record. Broke the maiden on debut and then won the G2 Saratoga Special before running 2nd in the G1 Champagne. Obviously, the connections will start 2020 with an eye on the Triple Crown races ahead. Got his 3rd published work since returning to serious training on Dec. 18. Went 5 furlongs over the dirt track in 1:01 today. That was the 2nd best time out of 6 to go the distance today. Stay tuned more more.
- Scabbard, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and trained by Eddie Kenneally, worked over the same strip at the Palm Meadows facility this morning. Went 4 furlongs in 1:01.40. that was the 4th best time out of 6. It was his 3rd published work since Dec. 20 for this one. Last time out, this one was 4th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Before that, Scabbard was a fast-closing 2nd to Dennis’ Moment in the G3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs last September. This one has a big chance to prove a lot this Spring. Look for more.