(Morticia winning at Keeneland / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. On the Town, a 3YO More Than Ready filly trained by Mark Hennig, broke through in her last start to get the MSW win at Aqueduct. She went 11/8-miles over the outer turf course on April 7 to run off by a whopping 31/2 lengths in an impressive display of both speed and stamina. The owners, Courtland Farms, paid a handsome $450,000 for this gal at the 2017 KEE September Yearling Sale. In the first four starts, she put up 2 seconds and 2 fourths. Today, she worked a half mile over the main dirt track at Belmont Park. Whipped out the distance in :47.80 — which was the bullet move out of 27 to go the distance. Do yourself a favor. Mark this one down and watch for her to return to the races. Could be a real good one.
  2. Sir Winston, a 3YO Awesome Again colt trained by Mark Casse, is coming off a 7th place finish in the G2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 6. Before that was 5th in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby and 4th in the G3 Withers Stakes. Worked today at Belmont Park, going 5 furlongs in 1:02.02. That was the 3rd best time out of 7 to go that far. This could be a candidate for the Peter Pan Stakes. Bears watching.
  3. Chocolate Martini, winner of the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks a year ago and most recently 5th in the G1 Apple Blossom Stakes at Oaklawn Park for trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The Broken Vow filly went a nice half mile in :48.60 — which was the 8th best time out of 15 to go that far. Would be real fun to see this gal bounce right back to the top of her game, again. In 14 career starts, she has 4 wins and 3 thirds and has earned nearly $500,000 in purses.
  4. War Ballad, a 3YO Declaration of War filly, doesn’t appear to be a Stakes-caliber runner right now. She just ran a game second in a claiming race at Oaklawn Park on March 21. But I’m rooting for this gal and the trainer — Chelsey Coady. This lady used to be the Assistant to Buff Bradley, and just went out on her own at Hot Springs this Winter. In 5 career starts so far, Chelsey has put up a resume of 0-2-1. Still looking for her maiden win. Hopefully, it will come soon, and maybe it will with this filly. Today, War Ballad trained at the Churchill Downs Training Center in Louisville, going 3 furlongs in :35.60. That was the bullet move out of 6 to go the distance. Here’s rooting for you Chelsey.
  5. Morticia, recent winner of the Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland and trained by Rusty Arnold, worked this morning over the Keeneland main track. Went an easy half mile in :49.20 — which was 27th best out of 70 to work that distance. Look for this one to show up at Churchill Downs on the lawn next weekend. She is good right now. Real good.
  6. Shang Shang Shang, undefeated winner of two races for trainer Wesley Ward, is working towards her 2019 debut. When last seen in the afternoons, this daughter of Shanghai Bobby won the G2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June of last year. Before that, she won on debut at Keeneland in April. Today, she got her second published work since resuming serious training on April 16. She went a half mile over the Keeneland main track in :48 flat — which was 7th best out of 70. Fun to get this one back soon.
  7. Rayana, a 3YO daughter of Scat Daddy who is a perfect 1-for-1 after winning on debut at Del Mar last summer for trainer Bob Baffert, was one of 5 horses to train at Los Alamitos (Take Note) this morning. She got her fourth published work — all at Los Al — since returning to serious training on April 1. The filly went 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 this morning. That was the 4th best time out of 5 to go that far. Be interesting to see what the one does on return.