(Roadster / Photos 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. Maraud, a multiple Graded Stakes winning son of Blame and now trained by W. Bret Calhoun for the ownership team of Collinsworth Thoroughbred Racing, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning. The 6YO horse travelled an easy half-mile in :50.80. That was the 30th best time out of 42 to negotiate the dirt main track. In lone start this year, Maraud was 9th in the Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes here on Jan. 16. Had been off 10 months before that one, though. In 2020, he was third in G3 Tropical Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park. . In 2019, he was third in the G3 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth. Last win? How about in 2018, when he captured the G2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs. Long drinks in-between winner’s circle snapshots. But good to see back in action with a chance.
  2. Roadster, a 5YO son of Quality Road and a horse sitting on the version of becoming a millionaire earner, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, as well. He went 4 furlongs in :49 flat. That was the 10th best move at the distance, and it was his third published work in the last three months. One in December. One in January. Now, the first in February. Last time this gent ran was in March of 2020. Was 2nd to Flagstaff in the G2 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Has been away from the starting gate since then. In 11 career starts, he has 3 wins, 4 seconds and a third. Best win was in the 2019 Santa Anita Derby. But? Subsequently, he ran 15 in the G1 KY Derby that year. Would be fun to see this guy return with some of the old ability.
  3. Divine Comedy, a 3YO daughter of Into Mischief and trained by Brad Cox, worked at the Fair Grounds this morning, too. This Godolphin Stables homebred b breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. That was the 4th best time out of 13 to go that distance today. In three career starts to date, this one has a win — two starts ago. That sparked some real interest in this one’s future. After all, she defeated a very respected filly from the Tom Amoss barn by nearly 6 lengths that day. But in her next start out, Divine Comedy ran 4th in an allowance on Jan. 18. that was going 1 mile & 70 yards over a fast dirt surface. Was beaten over 61/2 lengths that day. Wonder was is next for this one.
  4. Sun Path, a 3YO daughter of Munnings and out of a Tapit mare, worked at the Fair Grounds. This is another trained by world-class conditioner Brad Cox. This filly — who has a record of 2-1-0 in 4 career starts — breezed the same distance and time as her roommate above. Last time out, Sun Path was 4th in the Silverbulletday Stakes here. Won the previous two. More to come with this one. Stay tuned.
  5. Beautiful Memories, a 3YO daughter of Hard Spun and trained by Mark Casse, worked 5 furlongs at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida this morning. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.65. That was the 3rd fastest time out of the 5 that went. This one broke the maiden at first ask on May 28 of last year. Came back to DNF in the G3 Schuylerville Stakes in July. Finished the year with a 6th in the G1 Spinaway. Connections think highly of this one. Still, lots to prove.
  6. Next Shares, an 8YO gelded son of Archarcharch and trained by Richard Baltas, worked a half-mile over the Santa Anita training track this morning. The veteran went the distance in :50 flat, and that was the 2nd fastest time out of 7 to negotiate the distance over that surface. Last time out, this one was 6th in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at Gulfstream Park. Before that, this one was 3rd in both the G2 Seabiscuit Handicap at Del Mar last November and the G2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita in early January. In 38 lifetime starts, now, this one has a record of 7-5-5 and has earned nearly $2 million in purses. Last win was in the 2019 version of the Seabiscuit Handicap.
  7. Mastering, a 4YO son of Street Boss and trained by Bob Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. This one has won two in a row, and, now, after the first 4 career races, she has a mark of 2-0-0. The connections paid a handsome $500,000 on him at the 2018 Fast-Tipton October Yearling Sale.