(Higher Power / 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.

  1. Abscond, a 2YO Blame filly trained by Eddie Kenneally, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. This gal — who finished 7th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in her last outing at Santa Anita — went 4 furlongs in :50.60. That was the 9th best time out of 16 to test the clockwatch this morning. Before the BC debacle, though, Abscond had won her debut and the G1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine. She was also 2nd in the Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga. Look for this one to bounce back to form the next time out. She is a bargain at any price, though. Was RNA’d for just $30,000 at a 2YO Sale in May. Before that, she was sold by Tim & Lisa Turney for $90,000 at the 2018 KEE September Yearling Sale.
  2. Empire of War, a 3YO son of Declaration of War and trained by Todd Pletcher, also worked at the Palm Meadows facility this morning. This guy — who has run in 3 Stakes events this year, with a second and a third — went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat. That was the bullet move at the distance. In 8 career starts, to date, Empire of War has a 2-1-2 record and has earnings of nearly $150,000. Will look to add to that total soon.
  3. Higher Power, who finished 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in his last race for trainer John Sadler, worked at Santa Anita this morning. The colt — who has a 5-1-6 record in 15 career starts and now has earnings over $1.376 million — went 4 furlongs in a snappy time of :46.60. That was the best time out of 46 to go the distance this morning. The son of Medaglia d’Oro sold for $250,000 as a Horse of Racing Age at the Keeneland April Sale this year. Since then, the colt has a 5th in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita; an allowance win at Santa Anita; a 2nd in the Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar; a win in the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar and two straight 3rds in the G1 Awesome Again and the Breeders’ Cup Classic — both at Santa Anita. A pretty wise guy buy. Looks ready for more after today’s move.
  4. Mucho Gusto, a 3YO son of Mucho Macho Man and trained by Team Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. Went an easy half mile in :50.60 — which was the 31st best time out of 46 to go that far. After running 3rd in the G1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, Mucho Gusto ran 4th in the G3 Oklahoma Derby to Owendale. Has been on the sidelines since then. Got his 3rd published work since returning to serious training on Nov. 26. Looks like he is gaining on it. Not too far in the future now.