(Max Player / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
(Super Stock / 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:
- Chewing Gum, a 6YO son of Candy Ride and trained by Bill Mott, worked this morning at Belmont Park. This veteran — who just ran 2nd to Casa Creed in the G1 Jaipur Stakes at Belmont on June 5 — went 4 furlongs in :48.55 over the dirt training track. That was 2nd best of 18 to clock the distance. Looks like this one prefers the turf sprints, and could be a factor a little later this summer, as well. In two starts this year? Two seconds.
- Max Player, a 4YO son of Honor Code and now trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Belmont Park today, as well. This guy — who ran 3rd in the 2020 Travers Stakes and 5th in both the KY Derby and Preakness a year ago — just came off an impressive win in the G2 Suburban Stakes at Belmont Park on July 3. Got his third published work since that win this morning by going 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the bullet move out of 5 to go that far. Watch out.
- Acclimate, now a 7YO California-bred gelding trained by Phil D’Amato, worked this morning at Del Mar. This multiple Graded Stakes winner — who just won the G3 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita on June 19 in his last start and has been in the money in 5 of 6 this year — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the 23rd best time out of 29. But this guy doesn’t need much practice these days. He knows when it is race day and race time. Has earned nearly $600,000 in purses now.
- Dennis’ Moment, a 4YO son of Tiznow and trained by Dale Romans, is on the comeback trail. He has not started a race since November of 2020, but he got his 5th published work this morning since being returned to serious training on June 26. Went 5 furlongs over the dirt track in :58.40. That was the bullet move out of 17 to go the distance. Brilliant work. Can he come all the way back to the form that many expected (blush?). We shall see and hope.
- Sally’s Curlin, a multiple Graded-Stakes winning daughter of Curlin and another trained by Romans, worked at the ole’ “Pea Patch” today, as well. She breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.40, which was the 4th best time out of 17 to go the distance. The 5YO mare is 0-for-3 this year, but has a ton of back class. Here’s hoping for a return to form.
- Super Stock, a 3YO son of Dialed In and winner of the G1 Arkansas Derby this year, worked at Ellis Park for trainer Steve Asmussen. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the 11th best time out of the 17. Since the huge win at Hot Springs, this one has run 16th in the KY Derby; 4th in the Texas Derby and 4th in the Iowa Derby. May be headed for another spot soon.
- Pauline’s Pearl, a 3YO daughter of Tapit and another under the tutelage of Team Asmussen, worked at Ellis Park this morning, as well. This one — who won the G3 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park and has since run 8th in the KY Oaks and 3rd in the G3 Iowa Oaks — went the same distance in the same time as Super Stock. Looks loaded.
- Mac’s Time, a 2YO son of Not This Time and a homebred for the Albaugh Family, worked at Ellis Park this morning. While this one has not started yet, good things are expected soon. Named after two of the best fans of Thoroughbred racing — Gary and Stephen McIntyre — this one got his 9th published work today. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.20. That was 2nd best of the 17. Looks ready. Should hit the entry box soon. May be best suited for two turns, but could be a bear first out, too. Here’s hoping for both of those things. No one better for this biz than the Albaugh Family, and all their connections. Top. Notch.
- Texas Red Hot, a talented 2YO son of Texas Red and trained by Randy Morse, has a win at Ellis Park to break the maiden. Nearly did that in the debut at Churchill Downs on June 20 when beaten a simple length by trainer Tom Amoss’ Ottoman Empire. Worked at Ellis today. Went 4 furlongs in :48.40, which was the 3rd best time out of 25 to go that distance. Looks like this one is prepping for the 2YO Stakes here later this meet. Take note.
- Rocket One, a 2YO son of Into Mischief who cost a whopping $600,000 to purchase at the 2020 KEE September Yearling Sale and is now trained by Team Asmussen, worked this morning in final prep for his next race at Ellis Park on July 31. Went 4 furlongs in :49 flat. That was the 9th best time out of the 25. This guy ran 9th on debut at Churchill Downs on June 26. Went off at odds of 14-1 that day. Didn’t run a step. But the winner that day was Gunite, who later won a Stakes for the same trainer. Be interesting to see how this one returns to action this week. I’m watching.