(Street Band before the 2019 KY Oaks / 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.
- Street Band, a lovely 3YO daughter of Istan who outran her odds in winning multiple Graded Stakes races this year for trainer J. Larry Jones, worked 3 furlongs at the Fair Grounds this morning. The filly — who won the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks; the G3 Indiana Oaks; and the G1 Cotillion Stakes this year, before finishing 8th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff in the last outing — went the distance in :36.60. That was the 3rd fastest time out of 6 to clock the distance this morning. It marks the 2nd published work for the filly since the Breeders’ Cup. Working her way back to you.
- Engage, a 4YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Steve Asmussen, has not run since finishing a game 4th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. But the colt got his first published work since that Championship event this morning, when he breezed a half-mile at the Fair Grounds. Went the distance in an easy :53.20. That was the 24th best time out of the group. This one jumped into the Breeders’ Cup contention after a win in the G2 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 4. In 4 starts this year, he has 2 wins and over the career has a 5-4-0 mark in 13 starts. Look for more in 2020. Talent.
- Silver Dust, a very game 5YO son of Tapit and trained by W. Bret Calhoun, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. Went an impressive 5 furlongs in a brisk :59 flat. That was the bullet move out of the 26 horses to test the clock and the distance. In 24 lifetime starts to date, Silver Dust has a record of 5-7-2 and has earned over $642,000 — the honest and hard way. Over the last 12 starts, he has not been worse than 4th. Has 4 wins in that mix — including a victory in the G3 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes two starts back. Just a hard knocker that likes to race. What a joy.
- Seven Trumpets, a 4YO son of Morning Line and trained by Dale Romans, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. The colt — who won an allowance race at Churchill Downs in his last outing on Dec. 1 — went 4 furlongs in an easy :50.70. That was the 28th best time out of 35 to go that far. Just a maintenance move for this Multiple Graded Stakes Placed winner. In 17 lifetime starts, to date, has a 5-3-1 mark and has earned over $512,000 for the West Point Thoroughbreds ownership team. Look for this one to be ready pretty soon.
- Green Light Go, a 2YO son of Hard Spun and trained by James Jerkens, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. This guy — who has never been worse than 2nd in 3 lifetime starts and won the G2 Saratoga Special in just the 2nd career start — went 3 furlongs in :36 flat. It was the 2nd best time out of 14 to go that distance today over the dirt track. It was the colt’s first published move since running 2nd in the G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 5. More to come out of this one.