(Charlatan winning the G1 Malibu Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
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.
- Sleek Lynx, a 3YO daughter of War Front and a Brit-bred trained by Mark Casse, worked at the Casse Farm training facility in Central Florida this morning. This one — who cost $335,000 to purchase at a 2YO In-Training Sale last year — went 4 furlongs in :48.80. That was the bullet move out of 8 to go that distance today. It was the third published work since the filly — who broke her maiden last time out at Woodbine — was returned to serious training on Jan. 19. This is one to watch. Seriously.
- Spun d’Etat, a 3YO daughter of Hard Spun and trained by Tom Amoss, worked at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans this morn. The filly, who has 2 wins and 2 thirds in the first 6 career starts, travelled 4 furlongs in an easy :48.80. That was the 7th best time out of 25 to go that far. Last time out, this gal won an allowance at the Fair Grounds over a sloppy track — beating only two other horses in the race. But she did it by an overwhelming 51/4 lengths. More to come? Shall see.
- Bango, a 4YO son of Congrats and a Stakes winner at Turfway Park last March, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 — which was the bullet move for the distance out of 8 to go that far. Last time out, which was Jan. 15 in the Forego Stakes at Turfway Park, was a major disappointment. Ran 9th over the Tapeta surface that night. Ugly. But he is better than that, and worth another shot. In 13 lifetime tries, he has a record of 5-1-1 and earnings over $288,000. Rebound effort may be worth watching.
- Whiskey Double, a highly-acclaimed 3YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked in New Orleans today, as well. The colt went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 — which was the 4th best time out of the 8 to go that far. This guy jumped on the radar and the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” quickly and impressively. Won the debut race at Churchill Downs last June. Came from off the pace to win that one going away at the end. Was off from last June to Jan. 17, when he returned in an allowance at the Fair Grounds. Ran 3rd that day, and was beaten about 41/2 lengths as the post time favorite. Look for more out of this one next time out. Breeding suggests he could a real good good one. Connections paid $875,000 at the 2019 KEE September Yearling Sale.
- Exotic West, a 3YO filly by Hard Spun and trained by Bob Baffert, has shown up at Oaklawn Park. Worked today in Hot Springs, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the 2nd best time out of 8 to go the distance. In two career starts to date, this gal broke the maiden on debut last November at Del Mar and in January ran 6th in the G2 Santa Ynez Stakes. That was last. Don’t know what happened, but there is a change of venue now. Be interesting to see where this one pops up next. Stay tuned.
- Majestic Dunhill, a 6YO son of Majesticperfection and trained by George Weaver, worked this morning at Palm Beach Downs in South Florida. The dark bay gelding — who is a Graded Stakes winner — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.21. That was the bullet move, due in part to the fact that it was the only move at the distance. LOL. The last two efforts for this one have not been good. But he won the G3 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park last October. Talent there.
- Sole Volante, a 4YO son of Karakontie and trained by Patrick Biancone, was back in training this morning in South Florida. This gelding — who won the G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes a year ago and was 2nd in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby — went a blistering :47 flat over the turf surface at Palm Meadows Training Center. That was the bullet move of the day. Since running 11th in the 2020 Kentucky Derby — which was in September last year — this guy has had only one other start. Was 6th in the Tropical Park Derby at GP on Dec. 26. But don’t dismiss this one just yet. Move to the turf could be a good thing.
- Astute, a very nice 3YO Speightstown filly trained by Richard Mandella, worked at Santa Anita this morning. The Stakes winner went 3 furlongs in an easy :39.80, in just her second published work since running 4th in the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos last Dec. 5. In just three career starts, Astute has two wins. Won the debut and returned to capture the Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar last November. This one has much more to offer. Stay tuned.
- Concert Tour, a 3YO son of Street Sense and a team member of Team Baffert, worked impressively at Santa Anita this morning, as well. The February foal went 4 furlongs in a quick :47.20. That was the 3rd best time out of 39 to clock the distance. In his only start to date, the colt broke the maiden on Jan. 15 at Santa Anita. Went gate to wire in that affair, running off to a clear 31/2-length win in the 6-furlong contest. Should improve with distance, too. Lots of good ones in this barn. But don’t dismiss this one, either. Watch out.
- Freedom Fighter, another contender for the Triple Crown Trail this year for HOFer Baffert, worked this morning, too. Went 4 furlongs in an impressive :46.80. Wow time. That was the bullet move out of 39 to go that far. This son of Violence — who is a perfect 1-for-1 to date, was purchased for the bargain sum of $120,000 at the 2019 KEE September Yearling Sale. Another good one for Starlight Racing. Watch out here, too.
- Charlatan, a 4YO son of Speightstown and another trained by Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The impressive winner of the G1 Malibu Stakes in his last start went 6 furlongs in 1:12.80. That was the third best time out of three to go the distance. In 4 career starts to date, this one has been in front at the finish line each and every time. And, the surface may not be scratched yet. This one has talent. But he has a whole lot more than that, too. The world awaits.