(Kimari after winning the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland in October / 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.
- Flor de La Mar, a 4YO daughter of Tiznow whom Godolphin paid $500,000 to purchase as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale in 2017, is now in the barn of trainer Eoin Harty after being conditioned by Bob Baffert for much of her race career. She won the Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos last September for her last win, but most recently ran a nice 2nd at Tampa Bay against allowance company on Feb. 26. Got her 3rd published work since that race this morning at Tampa Bay, going an easy 4 furlongs in :51 flat. That was the 3rd fastest time out of 7 to clock the distance. This one is cut out to become a nice broodmare at some point in her career. The first dam, Sacristy, was a Graded Stakes winner in her own right, and multiple Graded Stakes placed. The second dam, Christies Treasure, was an Ontario-bred and was Stakes placed at Belmont Park. Plenty of blood there. Take note.
- Desert Legacy, a 3YO filly by Tapit and another owned by Godolphin and trained by Harty, worked at Tampa Bay this morning, as well. Although this one struggled home 8th on debut on March 7, when racing a mile over the turf at Tampa Bay, you may want to keep tabs on this one, too. Worked 5 furlongs over the main dirt track at TB this morning in a nice time of 1:01.40. That was the bullet move of the group of 7 to clock the distance and was sharply better than his previous move at this distance. Can take the sons and daughters of Tapit a few races for the light bulb moment. But when it happens?
- Kimari, a beautiful 3YO daughter of Munnings and trained by Wesley Ward, worked this morning at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky. The filly — who won two Stakes last Fall before running a very troubled 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Spring — went 5 furlongs over the AW surface in 1:01 flat. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 8 to go the distance. Before this work, Kimari had been stationed down at Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows. Today’s work marked the 7th published work for her since late January. Probably ready for a race soon, if the connections can find one. In 5 career starts, she has a record of 3-1-0. And, believe me, she has a kick that is to marvel. Love this one.
- Hail to the Chief, a 3YO son of Danza and another trained by Ward, worked at Turfway Park this morning, as well. This one clocked 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat. That was the 3rd fastest time out of the group. Two starts ago, this one broke the maiden at TP. Ran off to win by 2 easy lengths. Came back to run in the John Battaglia Stakes in mid-February. Ran a disappointing 7th in that one. Been off since. Look for this one to make his way back to you soon.