(Dak Attack in the paddock at Keeneland / Photo by Gene McLean)
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. We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:
- Dak Attack, once one of the most promising young horses to step hooves on the backside of Churchill Downs, is in the midst of another comeback effort. The 4YO Ghostzapper colt — who has been bothered much of his career by a shin issue — has not raced since Nov. 3, 2018, when he was 9th in the Cherokee Stakes at Churchill Downs. In his 5-race career to date, though, that was the only time he had not finished either first, second or third. Won his first two career starts back in the summer of 2017, including the Ellis Park Juvenile. Images of Derby roses were dancing in the heads of the trainer, Dale Romans, and the ownership team of the Albaugh Family and Brereton C. Jones. But the shin issue simply would not go away. Today, this talented guy got his 5th published work since May 22. Went 5 furlongs in a nice 1:00.80. That was the 4th best time out of 8 to go that far. And, it was nice. Very nice. Here’s hoping that this one can make it all the way back. He would be a welcome addition to the race world, and a darn nice “feel good” story of redemption, dedication and perseverance. I’m rooting for him.
- New York Central, a well-bred son of Tapit and trained by Steve Asmussen for the ownership team of WinStar Farm and the China Horse Club, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.40. That was the 3rd fastest time out of the 8. This guy — who sold for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale in August of 2016 — is looking like he may have this race thing all figured out now. After running second in the G3 Pat Day Mile on May 5, 2018, he was off until this February. But in the last 3 starts, he has 2 wins — including a nice victory in the G3 Maryland Sprint Stakes at Pimlico. Be interesting to see where this guy goes next.
- Seven Trumpets, a 4YO son of Morning Line and trained by Romans for the West Point Thoroughbreds group, worked at Churchill Downs today. Went a quick 5 furlongs in :59.80 — the bullet move of the 8. Super impressive move. Super. This guy has not run since finishing 14th in the G1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. But in 13 lifetime starts, he has 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third and has won over $400,000. Ran second to his stablemate, Promises Fulfilled, in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens at Saratoga last summer. Be fun to see this one back in full gear.
- Princess Causeway, a 3YO Giant’s Causeway filly trained by Ian Wilkes, is working her way back to the races off a comeback effort. She has not raced since finishing 6th in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Before that, though, she had won 2 in a row at KY Downs and Keeneland. Worked this morning in Lexington, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the only time for the distance, but it was her 6th published workout at Keeneland since May 22. Each looks to be getting better. May not be too far away. Talent here. Keep an eye on this one.