(Trainer Bill Mott / 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.
- She’s a Julie, a multiple Graded Stakes winner and a 5YO daughter of Elusive Quality, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning in her comeback effort. The mare — who has not run since she was 4th in the G1 Spinster Stakes at KEE last October — went 4 furlongs in a leisurely time of :52 flat. That was the 22nd best time out of 24 and it was her 2nd published work since she returned to serious training on Feb.27. This gal — trained by Steve Asmussen — last won when she captured the G1 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs last Spring. Keep an eye on this talent. She’s class.
- Long Range Toddy, a major player on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, got another work at Oaklawn Park this morning. The 4YO son of Take Charge Indy went 4 furlongs in a very brisk :47.20. That was the 4th best time out of 14 to clock the distance this morning. It was the 4th published workout since he returned to serious training on Feb.l 9. The last time this one race, he was 7th in the G3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park last September. Now, this one is in the careful hands of trainer Dallas Stewart, after a barn switch. Interesting to see what happens with this one.
- Modernist, winner of a division of the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in the last start and now a prominent member of the 2020 “Road to the KY Derby” party, returned to the work group today. The 3YO son of Uncle Mo — trained by Bill Mott — breezed 5 furlongs at Payson Park in South Florida. Went the distance in 1:02.20. That was the bullet move out of 4 to go that far. It was the colt’s first published move since the big win. In 4 career starts now, this one has 2 wins and a third. Points mounting. So, too, is the pressure.