(Mr. Money winning the G3 Pat Day Mile / 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.
- Mr. Money, a 4YO son of Goldencents and trained by the mucho talented W. Bret Calhoun, got a work in this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The colt — who ripped off 4 Graded Stakes wins in a row last year and nearly won the G1 Pennsylvania Derby, to boot — went 6 furlongs this morn in 1:13.20. That was the 2nd best time out of 2 to go the distance. It was the 7th published work for the colt since he was returned to serious training on Feb. 3. Looks about ready to make the 2020 debut soon. We will be chatting with the trainer a bit later today. We shall ask. Check out that interview when we get it posted.
- Bourbon War, a very talented son of Tapit and a colt that I thought would make a huge splash last year for the heady Mark Hennig, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park. The 4YO worked a half mile in :48.48 — which was the 4th best time out of 16 to mark the distance. It was the 2nd published work since the colt ran a disappointing 10th in the 2020 debut at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 22. If you look at the replay and the chart, though, you will see that the colt was bumped off stride at the start of that 1-mile turf event. He was relegated to the back of the pack of the 12-horse field and was never able to recover. I still think this guy has some run to him. If he does? Mark Hennig will find it.
- Americanus, a 3YO son of War Front and also trained by Hennig, is definitely one to watch. He’s officially on our “The Pressbox Horses to Watch For” list. This guy has run 4 times in his career, to date. Has 2 wins and a 2nd. Only time he was off the board was in the G2 Nashua Stakes last November at Aqueduct. Ran 8th that day behind the winner Independence Hall. Americanus ran on Feb. 22, too, and won a 7-furlong event at Gulfstream Park. The colt worked this morning, going 5 furlongs in a sparkling 1:00.78. That was the bullet move at the distance. This one may jump up to Stakes company soon. Has the pedigree to be a special one. By the great War Front. Second dam is Unbridled Lassie, who was multiple Graded Stakes placed. Watching for this one next time out.
- Green Light Go, a 3YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, worked this morning at Palm Meadows Training center in South Florida. The rapid-fire colt — who most recently ran 3rd in the G3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 1 — worked a half mile in :49.05. That was the bullet move out of 14 to to the distance. In 4 career starts, this one has 2 wins, 1 second and 1 third. Won the G2 Saratoga Special last year as a 2YO. Love to see this one next time out. Can he go far enough?
- South Bend, a 3YO son of Algorithms and trained by Stanley Hough, worked at the Palm Meadows training track this morning, too. This one — who ran 3rd in the G3 Palm Beach Stakes at GP on Feb. 29 — went 4 furlongs over the dirt track in :50.65. That was the 11th best time out of 14 to go that distance. This is one gutty performer. Don’t discount yet.