(Trainer Brendan Walsh / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)
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.
- Olympic Runner, a 4YO son of Gio Ponti and trained by Mark Casse, worked at the trainer’s farm operation near Ocala, FL this morning. The colt — who has 3 wins and 2 thirds in 8 career starts, to date — has not been out since finishing 3rd in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes last September. Before that one, he won the King Corrie Stakes at Woodbine, as well. Today, the gelding got his 6th published workout since being returned to serious training on Feb. 12. Went 5 furlongs in a handy 1:00.60. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go the distance. Headed to Canada as soon as the border opens and the crisis ends.
- Lady Grace, a 4YO daughter of Kantharos and another trained by Casse, worked this morning at the farm training track, too. This talented gal — who is a perfect 2-for-2 at Gulfstream Park this year and is now 3-3-1 in 9 career starters for owner Tracy Farmer — breezed 4 furlongs in :48 flat. That was the bullet move out of 16 to clock the distance. Looks like she is finding her peak now.
- Banks Island, a 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Brendan Walsh for the Godolphin Stables, worked at Keeneland this morning. The colt — who broke his maiden at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 27 and has not raced since then — breezed an easy half mile in :50.40. That was the 13th best time out of 16 to go that far. In his first four career starts, before the win, Banks Island lost to the likes of Sharecropper, Necker Island, Something Super, and Juggernaut. He actually finished in front of Lynn’s Map, who is now a Stakes winner. So? Keep an eye on this one. Sons and daughters of Tapit may take a few races to get the understanding of racing down to a science. But once they do? Look out.
- Telekinesis, a 5YO son of Ghostzapper and once a runner-up in the G3 Lexington Stakes, is now in the barn of trainer Jack Sisterson. After running twice at Tampa Bay this winter — with a second and a fourth in allowance company — the horse breezed at Keeneland today. Went a blistering 4 furlongs in :47.60. That was the bullet move out of the 16 to clock the distance. Since winning the Plate Trail Stakes at Woodbine, way back in the summer of 2018, this guy has raced 8 times. Nary a win in that mix. Does have 3 seconds. Maybe better days ahead.