(Trainer Bob Baffert had a couple of pupils on the track this morning at Santa Anita / Photo by Gene McLean)
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.
- Plan of Attack, a 2YO son of War Front and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, worked at Belmont Park this morning. In his career debut at Belmont Park on Sept. 21, he ran 11/16-miles over the turf. Ran 4th that day, and was beaten about 5 lengths. But…a lot of buts…Was steadied at the start. Was wide. Was steadied again at the 1/16-pole. Had a horrible trip. Got his 5th published work since that first outing today. Went 3 furlongs in :36.55. That was the best out of 2 to time that distance this morning. This one bears watching closely. The first dam, I’m So Excited, was unplaced, but the second dam is the Irish-bred Volga. She was a multiple Graded Stakes winner and earned over $1.14 million in a brilliant race career. She won the G2 La Prevoyante Handicap at Calder in December of 2003; the G1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in October of that year; she won the G3 Martchmaker Stakes at Monmouth Park in August. In fact, she ran 5th in the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Stakes at Belmont Park.
- Gio Game, a multiple Graded Stakes-placed winner of nearly $300,000 for trainer Mark Casse, worked at the Casse Training Center on Wednesday. She got her 3rd published work since returning to serious training at the farm on Oct. 30. Went 4 furlongs in :49.20. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go that distance. The last time she was seen on the track in the afternoons was back in May at Pimlico. She ran 3rd in the G3 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes. That was her second start of 2019. The winner that day was Mylady Curlin, who just ran second in a G3 Stakes at Churchill Downs.
- Rare Find, a 2YO daughter of Bernardini and trained by Richard Mandella for the Godolphin Stables, worked this morning at Del Mar. This homebred filly went 6 furlongs in 1:16.20, and she was the only one to cover the distance in the early going. In her first start, which came at Santa Anita on Oct. 12, Rare find ran fourth. Got off to a slow start and made up some ground late. Was beaten about 6 lengths. Look for more the next time out. This one’s mother, Tracings, was unraced. But the second dam, Desert Gold, was Graded Stakes Placed.
- Auberge, a 2YO daughter of Palace and a winner in her only start to date for trainer Bob Baffert, was back on the track at Santa Anita this morning. The filly breezed 4 furlongs in :48 flat — which was the 4th best time out of 37 to go that far today. The connections paid a handsome $570,000 fee for this one earlier this year at a 2YO In-Training Sale. In her win on Oct. 27 at Santa Anita, she jumped to a quick lead and then dusted off the field by over 73/4 lengths. Wow time and performance. Look for more from this one next time out. Could be a real good thing.
- Much Better, a 3YO son of Pioneerof the Nile and also trained by Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning, as well. This one — who has not raced since finishing 7th in the G1 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont in June — went a half mile in :47.20. That was the bullet move out of 37 to go the distance today. It was Much Better’s 8th published work since Sept. 17. Looks to be about ready. In 9 career starts to date, this one has a 2-2-1 record and has some good times to show for his efforts, too.