(Basin winning the Hopeful Stakes / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

(Midnight Bisou / 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. Basin, a 3YO son of Liam’s Map and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The runner-up to Charlatan in a division of the G1 Arkansas Derby in his last outing, Basin breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.20. Smart move, to be sure. That was the 5th best of 22 to negotiate the distance today. In 6 career starts to date, this May foal has a tidy record of 2-2-1. The only time he was off the board was two starts back in the Oaklawn Stakes. Look for more as we approach the 2020 KY Derby.
  2. Midnight Bisou, a 5YO daughter of Midnight Lute and also trained by Team Asmussen, worked this morning under the Twin Spires, as well. The classy mare — who now has earned over $7.25 million in the career — went a sparkling 5 furlongs in :59.80. That was the 2nd best tim out of the 22. She has not run since finishing 2nd to Maximum Security in the Saudi Cup in February. But she looks fit and happy now. Soon?
  3. Talk Veuve to Me, a 5YO daughter of Violence and now moved to the Team Asmussen barn, worked at Churchill Downs today. The Graded Stakes winner — who was DQ’d from a win at Keeneland last year under the old connections — went 5 furlongs in 1:00.20. That equalled the time of Basin. This one fired a blank here on May 16 when running up against a whirlwind in the return appearance of Monomoy Girl. That was the first start under the tutelage of the new barn operation. But that was also the first start since last October and since she was purchased fort a whopping $1.3 million by Stonestreet Stbles at the 2019 KEE November Sale. More to come. Stay tuned.
  4. Totally Boss, a Graded Stakes winning son of Street Boss and trained by Rusty Arnold, returned to the work sheet this morning at KEE. The 5YO gelding — who just made the 2020 debut at Churchill Downs with a disappointing 8th place finish — breezed a half mile over the main dirt track in a time of :49.20. that was the 8th best clocking out of 35 to go the distance. After winning the G3 Turf Sprint Stakes at KY Downs last September, this one travelled West for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Spring. Ran 10th in that one. Needs to gear it back up.