(Wells Bayou, at Oaklawn Park / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Oaklawn Park)

(Turnerloose / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Turnerloose at KY Downs / Coady Photography)

We are back looking at the daily workout schedule from around the country. Every day (Some days?), 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.

We are back…Take a look:

  1. Grael, a 3YO son of Astern and trained by Brendan Walsh for the owner/breeder Godolphin Stables, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds. This guy — who broke the MSW by nearly 2 lengths when traveling a mile at KY Downs last September — went 4 furlongs in :48.80. That was the 5th best time out of 23 to go the distance. Love the way the sons/daughters of Astern are running so far. And, this one is our newest addition to our “Horses to Watch” list. In 3 starts, has a win and two thirds. More to come, it seems.
  2. Major Fed, a talented 5YO son of Ghostzapper and trained by Greg Foley, was back on the track at the Fair Grounds this morning, as well. This one — who ran 5th in the Tenacious Stakes here last time out on Dec. 26 — went 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the bullet move out of 7 to clock the distance. Will be interesting to see where this hard-knocking, and, yet, hard-luck runner will show up next. Has a 3-4-1 record in 13 starts, but it just seems like it could have been so much better. One of these days?
  3. Bubble Rock, a 3YO son of More Than Ready and trained by Brad Cox, worked at Keeneland this morning. This April foal went 3 furlongs over the AW training track in :36 flat. That was the bullet move out of 4 to go the distance, and it was this one’s first published work since running a disappointing 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar last November. Before that, she had won two in a row — including the G3 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park. She is still aways away from the racetrack gate, but this one has talent. Good to see on the road to recovery.
  4. Tunerloose, a 3YO daughter of KY Derby winner Nyquist and also trained by Cox, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. Went the same 3 furlongs over the AW track in :36.20. That was 2nd best of the 4. It was her 2nd published work since she was 14th in the same race as her stablemate mentioned just above. this one broke the MSW in a Stakes event at KY Downs and then ran 3rd in the G2 Jessamine Stakes at KEE last October. Has talent. Has a road back. Stay tuned.
  5. Wells Bayou, a 5YO son of Lookin at Lucky and another in the barn of trainer Brad Cox, worked at Keeneland today. This one — who has not been seen in the afternoon since he was 3rd in the Oaklawn Mile nearly a year ago and was 3rd in the G3 Louisiana Stakes at the Fair Grounds exactly a year ago — went 4 furlongs over the AW training facility in Lexington. Timed out in :50 flat. That was 8th best of 13. This was the 4th published work for this Graded Stakes winner since being returned to serious training here on Dec. 19. This winner of the 2020 Louisiana Derby should be about ready to appear at a racetrack near you soon. Closing in.
  6. Red Danger, a 3YO son of Orb and trained by Brian Lynch, is coming off an impressive win in the Pulpit Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park, worked at the South Florida oval in Palm Meadows this morning. Went 4 furlongs in :48.75, breezing. That was the 3rd best time out of 16 to go that far. This one looks to be gearing up for a rather interesting and productive 3YO campaign. Before the Pulpit, he was 2nd to the super quick Howling Time in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs on the dirt surface. Before that, he was 4th to the impressive Tiz the Bomb in the G2 Bourbon Stakes at KEE. Will be interesting to see what this highly under-rated trainer will do next or the plans going forward. Is this one worth taking a shot on the “Road to the KY Derby?” Could be.
  7. Radio Days, an undefeated daughter of Gun Runner and trained by Shug McGaughey for owner Allen Stables, worked at Payson Park in South Florida this morning, as well. This one — who is a perfect 2-for-2 after wins at both Belmont Park and Aqueduct last year and has won the first two events by a combined 10 lengths — went 4 furlongs in :48.60. That was the bullet move out of 19 to work that distance here. It was the third published work since winning the last time out. Should be getting about ready to start the 2022 campaign. Could be a good one. A real good one.
  8. Doppelgänger, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and one that cost the connections a handsome $575,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Sale a year ago, worked this morning at Santa Anita for embattled trainer Bob Baffert. This one — who could be yet another talented runner who may not get the points for this year’s KY Derby due to the perceived previous sins of his conditioner — went 5 furlongs in a sparkling :59.80. That work was from the gate and was the bullet move out of 13 to cover that length of ground at “The Great Race Place.” Won the debut at Los Alamitos on Dec. 11 by an easy 31/2 lengths. Came from dead last to do so, after a bobble at the start.
  9. O P Firecracker, a 3YO colt by Will Take Charge and trained by Robert Medina, broke the MSW last time out when racing on Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs. Was impressive that day, sticking his determined neck out to capture the win at Churchill Downs. Went 4 furlongs over the AW surface at Turfway Park this morn. Covered that distance in :49.60, which was the 15th best time out of 50 to go that far. Looks like this one could be on the march to the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park later this meet, if he merits and earns the consideration. We think he has the chance to do just that. Dam of this one, Game Fair, was a Graded Stakes-placed winner of nearly $200,000. She ran 2nd in the G3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Parx back in 2014.