(Trainer Brad Cox has a couple of nice 3YO turf fillies, too / 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.
- Enduringly, a 3YO daughter of Ghostzapper and trained by Brad Cox, is another latest addition to our “Horses to Watch List.” This gal won on debut at the Fair Grounds back in December. In our second career start, she ran a very game second to the highly-touted Wexx in an allowance in New Orleans on Feb. 13. Despite breaking a bit slow and going very wide, she was only beaten 2 lengths in the stretch out to one mile over the turf. This lady is a home-bred for the Godolphin Stables, and is out of the Stakes-winning mare Ruthless Quality. The dam raced only two times. Won them both — including the KY Downs Juvenile Fillies Stakes in 2015. The second dam was a winner, but the third dam is Ajina. This daughter of Strawberry Road won 7 times in 17 races and earned over $1.3 million. She won the G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Hollywood Park in 1997, and also won the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks; the G1 Mother Goose and many other Graded Stakes events. What a pedigree here. This morning Enduring went 4 furlongs inn :48.40. That was the 4th best time out of 14 to go the distance. And, it was her first work since the last race. Watch time.
- Ginseng, another talented 3YO filly in the barn of Cox, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. She went the same distance as her roommate and covered the same ground in the same time. In 5 career starts to date, this daughter of Tiznow has a win and two seconds. In her last outing, she ran 2nd by 23/4 lengths to Trickle In. But she beat? Wexx by about 21/2 lengths. That was a mile over the turf, too. Interesting. Very interesting.
- Sacred Union, a 3YO daughter of Union Rags and trained by HOFer Jerry Hollendorfer, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. And, she bears watching next time out. I got to see this one run on my most recent trip to Hot Springs. After a very slow and tardy start, when she was relegated to last of 9, she came with a huge rush in the lane. Finished 4th. Lost 21/2 lengths for all of it at huge odds. Went just 6 furlongs that day. With a cleaner break, and a little more ground, she may be a handful next time out. Worked a half mile in :48.40 this morning. That was the 11th best time out of 32.
- Bravazo, a 5YO son of Awesome Again and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, worked this morning at Oaklawn Park, as well. The war horse — who has earned over $2 million for his owners at Calumet Farm — most recently ran 6th in the G3 Razorback Handicap in Hot Springs. First work back today. Went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was 8th best of 14. Be fun to see this guy gut it out and get back to those glory days again. Soon.
- South Bend, a 3YO son of Algorithms and trained by Stanley Hough, worked at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida this morning. Went a half mile in :49.60 over the dirt training track. That was 7th best of the 13 to negotiate the distance. Ran 3rd in the Dania Beach Stakes at GP on Feb. 1. What’s next?
- Sole Volante, winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes last time out for trainer Patrick Biancone, worked at Palm Meadows today, as well. This one went 7 furlongs over the turf course in 1:23 flat. That was the bullet out of 2 to go that far over that surface. This 3YO son of Karakontie made a huge move in the Sam F. Davis to catapult his name into the running for this year’s KY Derby. Before that, he was 3rd in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at GP. Look for this one to show up next in the Tampa Bay Derby. Can he keep the momentum?