(Lone Sailor / 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.
- Predator, a 2YO Into Mischief colt who broke his maiden last time out for trainer Brad Cox, worked this morning in a final tuneup for a race at Turfway Park on Friday. This one breezed an easy half mile at Churchill Downs in :50 flat, which was the 14th best time out of 27 to go the distance this morning. This guy cost $175,000 to purchase at the KEE September Yearling Sale in 2018 and now as a win and a third in the first two career starts. Will be interesting to see if this one will be left here in KY now that Churchill Downs owns Turfway, or he will make a delayed appearance in a southern location soon.
- Ghost Game, a 2YO son of Ghostzapper and purchased at the KEE September Yearling Sale a year ago for the pretty-penny sum of $325,000 by the Albaugh Family Stables, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dale Romans. The colt breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat, which was the 6th best time out of 11 to test the distance. In his career debut, this one didn’t show much. Ran 10th at Churchill Downs, going 6.5 furlongs over a fast dirt surface on Nov. 15. Broke slowly and never mustered much of a run that day. Connections looking for more next time around.
- Meadow Dance, a 3YO daughter of Jimmy Creed and trained by Brad Cox, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. This one — who has a record of 4-2-2 in 8 career races to date — just ran 2nd in the Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1. Was beaten 5 that day by Mia Mischief, a multiple Graded-Stakes winner in the past. This morning, Meadow Dance went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80, which was the 5th best time out of 11 to go that far. This one appears headed to a Stakes event at Turfway Park before heading South for the winter. Keep tabs.
- Night Ops, a 3YO son of Warrior’s Reward and another from the barn of Cox, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. This one, who is coming off a win the last time out at Churchill Downs on Nov. 10, went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of the 11 to clock the distance. Just 3 starts ago, Night Ops ran 3rd behind the likes of Gray Magician and Knicks Go in the Ellis Park Derby. Beat Harvey Wallbanger in that one, too, and the latter just came back to run a real good one under the Twin Spires, too. Night Ops talent. Willing to travel. Take note.
- Portrait, a 2Yo daughter of Tapizar and trained by Cox, as well, worked at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans this morning. Last time out, this talented filly ran third behind the pair of Lazy Daisy and His Glory in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. That was back in September. Got her first published work since that race this morning, glory 3 furlongs in :37.60. That was 3rd best of 4 to official clock the distance. Just starting back after a brief break. Aways to go before you see in the afternoon, but keep watch. Talent here.
- Lone Sailor, a 4YO son of Warrior’s Reward and handled adeptly by trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning in New Orleans, as well. This one — who has now won in 2019, but does have 2 seconds and 2 thirds in 7 starts — has not raced since running 10th in the Keeneland Korea Cup in Seoul back in September. Today’s was the first official work since that race effort, too. Before making the overseas journey, Lone Sailor ran 2nd in an allowance event up at Saratoga. Last win came in the Oklahoma Derby a year ago. Talent there. Maybe next time out.