(Necker Island / 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.
- Manny Wah, a 4YO son of Will Take Charge and most recently saddled by Team Baffert for the G1 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, is back in KY and worked this morning at Keeneland. The colt — who ran 3rd to the great Omaha Beach in that last race and bow has a 3-3-3 record in 14 career starts — worked a half mile in :49.60. that was the 3rd fastest time out of 5 to clock the distance over the all-weather training track. Be interesting to see where this one goes next. Last year, ran a very respectable 3rd in the G3 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Developing story here.
- Letmeno, a 3YO son of Twirling Candy and trained by Ian Wilkes, worked at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida this morning. This guy — who won on debut and then was 2nd in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes before finishing 4th to Dennis’ Moment in the G3 Iroquois last September — went a nice half mile in :49 flat. That was the 7th best time out of 30 to go that far. It was the colt’s 2nd published work since returning to serious training on Jan. 8. Just kicking it back up for a very talented and patient trainer. Give him a month and let’s see where he’s at then. Could be an exciting Spring for this one.
- Necker Island, a 3YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Stanley Hough for the Sagamore Farm, has two very nice wins in a row after starting the career with a 3rd at Saratoga last August. Worked for the third time since his last race today and went a half mile in :48.85. That was the 5th best time out of the 30 to go at Palm Meadows. This one cost Sagamore $250,000 to purchase at the 2018 KEE September Yearling Sale. Has already returned $120,000+ in purses. Looks to be ready to ring the purse meter again soon. Keep an eye on this one. Has the pedigree to like distance and sod, both, in the future.
- Rare Find, a 3YO daughter of Bernardini and trained by Richard Mandella, may be one to keep your eye on this Spring. This gal broke her maiden on the 2nd career start at Del Mar last November and then came right back to run a nice 3rd in her first try against allowance types on Jan. 3. Ran behind a very-well respected Gingham, the odds-on favorite, in that last race. That daughter of Quality Road is trained by Bob Baffert and is headed for a lot more very soon. Rare Find could be on the improve, too. Bears watching. Put on your list.
- War Path, a 3YO son of War Front and owned in part by Michael Tabor, may be another to keep an eye on for the future. This one came running with a mission in the last MSW at Santa Anita on Jan. 1. Came from the mid-pack to lose by a length for trainer Bob Baffert and at odds of 25-to-1. Look for more out of this one soon.
- High Velocity, a 3YO son of Quality Road and a talented one that is already on the “Road to the Triple Crown” for trainer Bob Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. This one — who cost Gary and Mary West $350,000 to snare out of the 2018 KEE September Yearling Sale — is coming off a nice 3rd to Thousand Words in the G2 Los Alamitos Futurity. Before that, High Velocity won the G3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar in November. Beat only 3 rivals that day, but did it easily and impressively. Worked 6 furlongs at Santa Anita this morning. Went the distance in 1:12.80 — which was the bullet, because it was the only official clocking at the distance. This one will turn up soon. Bears watching.