(Trainer John Sadler / 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.
- Tumbling Sky, a 3YO son of Competitive Edge and trained by Steve Asmussen, is our “Mystery Horse to Watch” for today. This guy — who cost $200,000 to purchase out of the Fast-Tipton Mid-Atlantic 2YO In-Training Sale last year — has the potential to be a real good one. And, to date, not too many people have taken notice. His only start so far came last August at Saratoga. On that day, Tumbling Sky ripped off a nice 11/4-length victory that went nearly gate to wire. In that race, he whipped a horse by the name of Ajaaweed. Beat him by over 5 lengths. This morning, Tumbling Sky got his second breeze since returning to serious training at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 28. Today, the colt went a deliberate half mile in :52 flat. That was the 19th best time out of the 20 to go that far. Tumbling Sky is still aways off from a start back. But he bears watching when he does get back. Take note.
- Raggedy Annie, a 3YO daughter of Union Rags and trained by D. Wayne Lukas for the Churchill Downs Racing Club, was back on the track at Oaklawn Park this morning. Went a half mile in :49 flat. That was the 9th best time out of 15 to clock the distance in Hot Springs. In 6 lifetime starts to date, this filly has just 1 win and 2 seconds. But she really looks like she is coming into her own. Won two starts back. Ran a very game second at Oaklawn on Jan. 24. Look for more next time out.
- Rocketry, a Graded Stakes winning son of Hard Spun and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Facility in South Florida. The winner of the G2 Marathon Stakes at Churchill Downs in November of 2018 (just before the Breeders’ Cup races began), went a half mile in :51.60 in just his second published work off a layup. In 22 lifetime starts, Rocketry has a record of 5-5-3 and has earned over $643,000 in purses. Not bad. But the owners paid a handsome $450,000 for him at the 2015 KEE September Yearling Sale.
- Campaign, a 5YO son of Curlin and trained by John Sadler, is a multiple Graded Stakes winner. Last win came in the G3 Cougar II Stakes at Del Mar last July. Before that, he won the G3 Tokyo City Cup Stakes at Santa Anita last April. This morning, the horse got his 8th published work since he didn’t finish the Marathon Stakes at Santa Anita last November (just before the Breeders’ Cup races began). Went 5 furlongs this morning at the “Great Race Place” in 1:01 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 10 to go that far. Looks like he is about ready for a return match soon. Stay tuned.