(Leinster, in the lead and the middle, wins at Keeneland / Coady Photography)
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.
- Jackie’s Warrior, a 3YO son of Maclean’s Music and one of the best 2YOs in the world last year until the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans for trainer Steve Asmussen. The colt — who sports 4 wins in 5 career starts, including Graded Stakes victories in the G2 Saratoga Special; the G1 Hopefl Stakes; and the G1 Champagne Stakes — breezed an easy half mile in :50 flat. That was the 8th best time out of 16 to clock the distance. It was only the colt’s 3rd published work since being returned to serious training on Dec. 29. Probably a couple more works away from making the 2021 debut. Will be interesting to see how he tackles the extra ground this year.
- Cazadero, a 3YO son of Street Sense and also trained by Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, as well. This May foal — who won the G3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs last June before faltering in the G2 Saratoga Special — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the 4th best time out of 8 to clock the distance. It was the 9th published work for this one, dating back to mid-November. Very consistent in his weekly regiment. Be interesting to see we he returns. Looks about ready.
- Nitrous, a 5YO son of Tapit and a multiple Graded Stakes-placed winner of over $547,000, trained this morning in New Orleans for the Asmussen barn. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of the 8 to go. This one has not run since winning the Thanksgiving Classic Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Nov. 26. But looks ready for another try here soon. Only had the one win in 2020, but did win the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park in 2019, too. Hot Springs could be in this one’s future, too.
- Cowan, a 3YO son of Kantharos and another under the tutelage of the Asmussen shed row crew, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. Went 5 furlongs in an impressive :59 flat. That was the bullet move out of 8 to go that distance. In the first 6 career starts, this one has only one win. But does have 3 seconds and a third to add to the resume. Was 2nd in the Remington Springboard Mile to Señor Buscador; was 2nd in the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint to Golden Pal; was 2nd in the Indian Summer Stakes at KEE to Bodenheimer to finish up the 2020 season. More to come here. Looks to ready to pop when Oaklawn opens the gates to both humans and horses soon.
- Leinster, a 6YO son of Majestic Warrior and a multiple Graded Stakes winner for trainer Rusty Arnold, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. This veteran turf sprinter — who ran 3rd in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint last November — went a half mile over the course’s turf track in :48.05. That was the bullet move out of 21 to go the distance. It was his 3rd published work since coming back in December. Look for his one to be ready for something real in the next month.
- Quantum Leap, a 3YO son of Pioneerof the Nile and trained by Ian Wilkes, is our “Sleeper of the Day.” This May foal raced just one time as a 2YO, finishing 3rd in the career debut at Churchill Downs in November. Got his 4th published work at the Palm Meadows training facility today since that race. Went 5 furlongs in an impressive :59.50. That was the bullet move out of 5 to go the distance. These connections paid $270,000 for this one at the 2019 KEE September Yearling Sale. May be one to watch the next time out. Looks to have turned the corner.