(War of Will / 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.
- War of Will, winner of the 2019 Preakness Stakes after an eventful run in the KY Derby, worked at the Casse Farm Training Center in Central Florida this morning. The 4YO War Front colt — who has earned more than $1.6 million in his 14-race career, to date — went an easy half mile in :50.80. That was the 3rd best time out of 3 to go the distance. And, it was the colt’s first published work since his last race — when he finished 9th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita last November. Before that one, he was 3rd in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby. Be fun to have this one back at the racetrack.
- Sir Winston, winner of the 2019 Belmont Stakes for trainer Mark Casse, worked at the farm’s training center, as well. Went 5 furlongs in 1:02.60. That was the 2nd best time out of 5 to clock that distance over the training track. This 4YO son of Awesome Again won an allowance at Aqueduct on Jan. 31 in his last try. Has returned to sunny Florida since that effort. Got his 2nd published work since that effort today. Another good one to join the older ranks this year.
- Basin, a 3YO son of Liam’s Map and a possible contender on the “Road to the KY Derby,” worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. This one breezed 5 furlongs in a snappy :59.20, which was the bullet move out of 16 to go that far. In 3 starts to date, this one has 2 wins and a second. Has 2 wins in a row — including a triumph in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga last year. Has not started since that Stakes event in September, though. Looks ready now. Right now.
- Long Range Toddy, a 4YO son of Take Charge Indy and trained now by Dallas Stewart, worked this morning at Oaklawn Park. This one has not started since a disappointing 7th place run in the Oklahoma Derby last September. Got his 3rd published work under the tutelage of the new barn operator today. Breezed a half mile in :48 flat. That was 3rd best out of 17 to go that far. Look for more out of this one this year. Promising.
- Abscond, a 3YO daughter of Blame and trained by Eddie Kenneally, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Facility in South Florida. Went 3 furlongs in :38.15. That was the 5th best time out of 5 to go the distance. This one has been idle since running 3rd in the Ginger Brew Stakes in early January. What is next for this one?