(Nadal / Photo Courtesy of Oaklawn Park)
(Nadal / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)
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.
- Maraud, a 5YO horse by Blame and trained by Joe Orseno, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park. The multiple Graded Stakes winner breezed a mile in a time of 1:47.10. That was the only horse to go that far this morning. In three starts this year, the horse has two thirds and a sixth place finish in the last outing in the G3 Appleton Stakes on March 28. Last win came way back in May of 2018, when Maraud captured the G2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Over 19 starts now, he has a record of 4-1-7 and has earned over $505,000.
- Winter Sunset, a drop-dead gorgeous 4YO daughter of Tapit and the marvelous race mare Winter Memories, worked this morning at Keeneland for trainer Wayne Catalano. It was her first public work since finishing a distant 10th in the G3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes in Lexington last October. Before that, she had finished in the money 6 times out of 7 races. The grass expert went 4 furlongs over the main dirt track today in a time of :48 flat. That was the 2nd best time out of 27 to go that far. Nice return.
- Much Better, a 4YO son of Pioneerof the Nile and previously trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. In his 3rd published work here since being returned to serious training on April 2, Much Better clocked 5 furlongs in a time of 1:00.80. That was the bullet move out of 7 to go that distance. In his last race, Much Better ran 5th to Omaha Beach in the G1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 28. Look for more out of this one soon.
- Bravazo, a 5YO son of Awesome Again, worked this morning at Oaklawn Park for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He flashed some nice speed in the a.m., going 5 furlongs in :59.80. That was the bullet move out of 17 to go the distance. In 3 starts this year, Bravazo has yet to hit the board. Ran 4th in the Essex Handicap last time out on March 14. Maybe the corner has been turned. Better things to come? Hopefully. This one has earned much respect and over $2.031 million in the career to date.
- Green Light Go, a talented 3YO son of Hard Spun and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. In the lone start this year, this one ran 3rd in the G3 Swale Stakes back in March. Since then, he has now worked 4 times. Went 5 furlongs today over the main dirt track in 1:01.80. That was the only time clocked for the distance today. As a 2YO, this one captured the G2 Saratoga Special and ran 2nd in the G1 Champagne Stakes. Looks about ready for the next outing.
- Game Winner, a 4YO son of Candy Ride and trained by Bob Baffert, has not raced since winning the G3 Los Alamitos Derby way back in July of 2019. That boosted the multiple Graded Stakes winner to a record of 5-2-0 in just 8 starts. Got his 5th published work since Feb. 20 today at Santa Anita. Went 4 furlongs in :48.80. That was the 19th best time out of 78 to go that far. Looks about ready for the 2020 debut. Soon, let’s hope. Sooner rather than latter.
- Higher Power, a 5YO son of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by John Sadler, worked at Santa Anita this morning, too. Went a half mile in a very brisk time of :47.80. That was the 2nd best time out of the 78. Last time out, this one was 10th in the G1 Pegasus World Cup. Before that, though, he was 3rd in both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the G1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. In 16 starts so far, he has earned over $1.426 million. About ready to resume action, it seems, too.
- Eclair, a 3YO filly by Bernardini and trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning, as well. This gal — who won the Golden Gate Debutante Stakes in her last start on Nov. 29 — went 5 furlongs in a nice time of 1:00.20. That was the 4th best time out of 65 to clock the distance. This is the 8th published work since this one was returned to serious training on Feb. 17. Ready. Aim.
- Nadal, a 3YO son of Blame and also trained by Team Baffert, worked 5 furlongs today, too. The big bay colt — who is undefeated in 3 starts so far — ripped off the distance in a time of :59.80. That was the bullet move of the day. After breaking the maiden in the first start in January, Nadal has returned to win both the G2 San Vicente Stakes and capture the G2 Rebel Stakes in a powerhouse performance. Certainly, this one ranks at the top of the 3YO crop for now. Will he when we reach September? We shall see.
- Storm the Court, a 3YO son of Court Vision and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes as a 2YO last fall, was back on the track this morning for conditioner Peter Eurton. Went 5 furlongs over the main dirt track at Santa Anita in a time of 1:00.60. That was the 12th best time out of 65 to go that far. Looked good in doing it, too. In 6 starts so far, this one has 2 wins and 2 thirds. Earnings of over $1.232 million. Look for more as the distances get longer. Still in the mix. Still.
- Charlatan, another 3YO monster in the barn of Team Baffert, worked 6 furlongs today. Went the distance over the main dirt track in 1:12.20. Bullet move out of 11 to go that far. Perfect in 2 starts this year. More to come. Dynamite talent.