(Green Light Go winning the Saratoga Special last year / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)
(Cambria winning at KY Downs / Photo Courtesy of Kentucky Downs)
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.
- American Anthem, a 6YO son of Bodemeister and now in the barn of trainer Danny Gargan, worked at Belmont Park today. The horse — who has won over $810,000 in an 18-race career and is a multiple Graded Stakes winner already — breezed a half mile in :48.44. That was the 7th best time out of 65 to clock the distance this morning. The last time out, this war horse ran 2nd in the Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct on March 7. Be interesting to see when and where this one returns.
- Cambria, a 3YO daughter of Speightstown and trained by Wesley Ward, breezed at Keeneland this morning. This talented filly won the first three races of her career — including the KY Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint last September — before running a disappointing 9th in the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. That was against the boys. Has not raced since last November, but got her 5th published work since being returned to serious training on March 9. Went 4 furlongs in :48.20, after breaking from the gate. That was the 13th best time out of 31 to go that farm. Be interesting to see when and where this one gets back to the spirit of racing.
- Extravagant Kid, a 7YO gelded son of Kiss the Kid and trained by Brendan Walsh, also trained at Keeneland this morning. This one — who won the Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes two starts back on Jan. 8 at Gulfstream Park — has a career record of 13 wins, 11 seconds and 6 thirds in 41 lifetime starts, to date. Has earned nearly $800,000 in purses. Went 4 furlongs today in :48.80 — which was the 22nd best clocking out of the 31. Before the last race, this one had won two Stakes in a row.
- Banks Island, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Brendan Walsh for the Godolphin Racing Stables, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. This one went 5 furlongs in a snappy time of 1:00 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 14 to go that far. It was the 6th published work since this one was returned to serious training on March 28. The colt had a win the last time out at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 27. Before that, though, had 2 seconds to the likes of Necker Island, and Something Super. Watch for this one to return with a flair.
- Halo Again, a 3YO son of Speightstown and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning in Lexington, too. The colt — who has 2 wins already notched in the girth out of 4 career starts — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the 8th the best time out of 14. This one cost $600,000 to purchase as a yearling at Keeneland in September of 2018. Look for more out of this one soon. Talent.
- She’s a Julie, a multiple Graded Stakes winning daughter of Elusive Quality and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. The 5YO mare — who ran 4th in the G1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland last October in her final afternoon appearance of 2019 — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the 8th best time out of the 14. This gal cost a modest $160,000 as a yearling in Keeneland September. But that was in 2016. Since then, she has a 6-2-4 record in 17 career starts and has earned over $1.021 million. Stay tuned.
- Wicked Smart, a 3YO daughter of Wicked Strong and trainer by Tom Amoss, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. This one — who broke the maiden last time out at the Fair Grounds back on March 11 — breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 10th best time out of the 14. Connections purchased this one for $425,000 as a 2YO at OBS-March last year. Be interesting to track this one’s history.
- Green Light Go, a 3YO son of Hard Spun and trained by James Jerkens, worked at the Palm Meadows Training Facility in South Florida this morning. The colt has not raced since finishing 3rd in the G3 Swale Stakes. Ran behind Mischevious Alex in that one. But the race before, Green Light Go ran 2nd in the G1 Champagne Stakes to Tiz the Law — one of the foremost authorities in this year’s Triple Crown fray. In 4 lifetime starts, this one has never missed the board with a resume of 2 wins, 1 second and 1 third. Went a very snappy 4 furlongs over the dirt training track this morning in a spiffy time of :47.50. That was the bullet move out of 8 to clock the distance.
- Odysseus, a 4YO son of Candy Ride and trained by Richard Mandella, worked at Santa Anita this morning. This one — who is undefeated in two career starts — has not raced since winning an allowance event on March 8. Worked 6 furlongs this morning at “The Great Race Place” in 1:13.20. That was the bullet move out of 5 to cover that distance. This guy was purchased as a yearling in 2017 at the KEE September Sales. Brought $200,000 then. Looks ready to rock and roll again. Soon.