(Mitole / 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.
- The Third Secret, a 2YO son of Tapit and trained by Brendan Walsh, is coming off a disappointing 10th place finish in the G3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6. Before that, though, this talented runner ran a second on debut at Ellis Park and then broke the maiden going over and dips, hills, dales of KY Downs. In the Bourbon Stakes, The Third Secret never mustered much of a run at any point. But he was back in serious training today at Churchill Downs. Breezed a half mile in :49.20, which was the 5th fastest time out of 20 to clock the distance. Be interesting to see where this guy goes next. Better than the last out. For sure.
- Bast, a 2YO filly by Uncle Mo and trained by Bob Baffert, is one of the leading contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly event. Especially after the talented gal — who broke her maiden by winning the G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes on Aug. 31 — is coming off a win in the G1 Chandelier at Santa Anita. She got to work over the track again this morning, gong 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat. That was the 5th fastest time out of 7 to go that far. It was her third work since the last win. The connections paid a handsome $500,000 for this filly at the Fasig-Tipton August Yearling Sale in 2018. Classy lady, here.
- Mitole, a 4YO son of Eskenderya and trained by Steve Asmussen, has the luxury of being one of the best sprinters and one of the best milers in the entire world. Don’t know yet where he may end up going in the Breeders’ Cup, but the colt — who has tallied 5 wins and a third in 6 starts this year, alone — worked over the Santa Anita dirt track this morning. He went 5 furlongs in an eye-popping :58.80 from the starting gate. That was the bullet move out of 7 to go the distance this a.m. Wow time. Looks pumped.
- Roadster, who many figured to be one of the best 3YO colts in the land earlier this year when the Triple Crown hype was at fever pitch, worked at Santa Anita this morning, as well. The 3YO son of Quality Road worked 5 furlongs in :59.60 — which was the 2nd fastest time of the day. In 4 starts this year, Roadster has logged 2 wins and a second. His latest display came on June 16 when he was second in the G3 Affirmed Stakes on June 16. Was runner-up to stablemate Mucho Gusto that day. Look for more next time out.
- McKinzie, one of the favorites for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic despite his recent sluggish stretch and 2nd place performance in the G1 Awesome Again Stakes, worked this morning at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert. The 4YO Street Sense colt — who has 7 wins and 5 seconds in 13 career starts — went 7 furlongs in 1:24.40. He was the only horse to log that long of a drill. The only time this one has missed the board in his life? Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Can he make amends? I would’t count the guy out. Or Baffert.