(Roadster / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
(Howling Time / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
We are back looking at the daily workout schedule from around the country. Every day (Some days?), 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.
We are back…Take a look:
- Green Light Go, a 5YO son of Hard Spun and trained by James Jerkens, was out for a spin at Belmont Park this morning. The Graded Stakes winner — who ran 2nd in the G3 Fall Highlight Handicap at Aqueduct last November in his last outing — went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the bullet move out of the 8 to clock the distance today. This guy has made only 11 career starts, but he has made the most of them. Has 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third. Has totaled over $409,952 in earnings. If he can stay on the track? Could have a healthy year.
- Roadster, a 6YO son of Quality Road and a former pupil of the embattled Bob Baffert, is now in the barn of trainer Michael Stidham. Bet the horse enjoys this change of scenery. If you will harken back, this guy ran in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Was 15th in that event, after winning the G1 Santa Anita Derby. Came back to run 2nd in the G3 Affirmed Stakes and the G1 Malibu in 2019. Was 2nd in the G2 San Carlos Stakes in 2020. Last year, he raced only 3 times and just once after April. Was 3rd in a Stakes at Laurel Park in September. This guy got his 3rd published work today, since being returned to serious training on Dec. 4. Went 4 furlongs at the Fair Grounds in :49 flat. That was the 4th best time out of 23 to go the distance. I am sure rooting for this guy and his new lease on life. Good luck Roadster.
- Gun It, a 6YO son of Tapit and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, as well. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80, which was the 8th best time out of 27 to go that distance. Last time out was back in July at Saratoga, when he won an allowance event. Ran 4th in the Oaklawn Mile in 2021 — about 3 lengths behind the winner, By My Standards. Let’s see how much more this one has in the tank. I bet a bit.
- Giant Game, a 3YO son of Giant’s Causeway and trained by Dale Romans, is making his progressions at Gulfstream Park these days. Breezed a superb 5/8ths this morning, going the distance over the main dirt track in a eye-popping :58.85. That was the bullet move and best move of the day. This guy looked to be a winner in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, but had to settle for 3rd behind Corniche and Baffert. Look for this one to pop this Spring with a nice run. Connections paid $500,000 for this one.
- Howling Time, a 3YO son of Not This Time and another from the barn of Romans, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park, as well. He breezed the 5 furlongs in :59.17, which was 2nd best out of 6 to go at that time. This guy won his first two career starts in impressive fashion, before tiring and finishing 5th in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Will he be able to conserve and rate? TBD.
- Decorated Invader, a multiple Graded Stakes winner for trainer Christophe Clement, is back on the trail once again. This guy — who has a 5-2-1 record in just 12 starts and has earned over $525,000 in the career — has not raced since May of 2021, but he got his first published work since then this morning at Payson Park. Went 3 furlongs in :40 flat — in a nice; first time back; causing sort-of-a-way. Last win came in 2020 when he capture the G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga. That win was his 3rd in a row — all in Stakes company. Let’s see if he can return to that form this year.
- Pinehurst, a 3YO son of Twirling Candy and one trained by Baffert, was a major disappointment in his final start of 2021 — finishing a distant 5th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. That had to sting a bit, especially after the way the colt won the first two career starts, including the G1 Del Mar Futurity. Back on track today at Santa Anita. Breezed a half-mile in :49.20 — which was the 11th best time out of 22 that worked the distance. It was the 4th published work since being returned to serious training on Dec. 11.
- Soothsay, a 4YO daughter of Distorted Humor and trained by Richard Mandella, has not started since her remarkable win in the G3 Indiana Oaks at Indy Grand last July. This one’s win that day was amazing in every way, since she hopped at the gate and lost many lengths at the very start and never looked to be a winner until the final inch. In 4 lifetime starts now, she has 3 wins and a second. She got her 4th published work today, since being returned to the track for a serious a.m. drill on Dec. 8. Went 4 furlongs in :47.20 at Santa Anita. That was the 2nd best time out of 22 to go the distance over the main dirt track. Look out for this one’s return. Talent. Real. Talent.
- Big Novel, a 3YO son of Mr. Big and a California-bred trained by John Sadler, worked this morning at “The Great Race Place.” Went 5 furlongs over the dirt training track in a time of 1:00.85. That was the bullet move out of 6 to clock that service today. Homebred nearly won the last time out, on Dec. 10, at Los Alamitos. Look for more out of this one soon.