(Mia Mischief / 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.

  1. Mia Mischief, a multiple Graded Stakes winner and now a 5YO daughter of Into Mischief, worked this morning in preparation for her next campaign. She got her first breeze since returning to serious training. Went 4 furlongs in an easy :52.40 for the barn of Steve Asmussen and over the dirt track at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. In her last start, the talented sprinter won the Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1. Before that, she was third in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at KEE on Oct. 5. In 19 career starts, she has 8 wins, 6 seconds and a third. Her career earnings now exceed $1.083 million. Wow. What a nice career. Glad to see her coming back. She is a tough one.
  2. Magic Dance, a 3YO daughter of More Than Ready and a roommate of Mia’s in the Asmussen barn, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, as well. She got her 2nd published work since returning on Jan. 15. Went the half mile in :52.20. That was 12th best of 13 to clock the distance. This gal has not run since finishing 3rd in the G2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga last August. But she won her maiden race on debut and came right back to win the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs in late June. Could make an imprint on the 3YO division this year. Keep tabs. Coming.
  3. Midnight Bisou, a 5YO daughter of Midnight Lute and a great Champ for the Asmussen barn, worked today in New Orleans. She got her 5th published work since Dec. 19 today, going 5 furlongs in a brisk 1:00.60. That was the 3rd best time out of 11 to go that far. Looks like she is about ready. And, when she is ready? Well, she is really good. In her career, she has 19 starts. Finished first in 12 of them, with 4 seconds and 3 thirds. Has won over $3.75 million so far. One of the best. Ever.
  4. Street Band, a 4YO filly by Istan and scheduled to make her 2020 debut in 5 days in the Houston Ladies Classic Stakes at Sam Houston, tuned up today with a 5-furlong breeze at the Fair Grounds. Went the distance in an eye-popping :59.40. That is a blowout, alright. And, it was the bullet move of the day. Before finishing 8th in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last November, Street Band won the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx. Has a kick to her. Looks ready.
  5. Bear Alley, a 3YO son of Will Take Charge and trained by Dale Romans, may be one to keep an eye on, too. This one cost the Albaugh Family and West Point Thoroughbreds a nice $525,000 to purchase at the 2018 KEE September Yearling Sale. Made one start last year. Didn’t fare well. Finished 9th out of 10 and never really showed much at all with long odds. But this morning, the colt worked 4 furlongs at Gulfstream Park in :48.15. That was the bullet time out of 9 to go that far. It was his 4th published work since Dec. 19 and this one was the best. I’m willing to give this one another try, to be sure. Looks about ready to return.
  6. Necker Island, a 3YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Stanley Hough, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the bullet move out of 8 to go that far. This one has 2 wins and a third in 3 career races to date. Look for this one to step it up into Stakes company very soon. Has credentials. And, a chance to pop onto the Road to the Triple Crown soon. Watch out.