(Bourbon War / Photo Courtesy of Hennig Twitter Feed)
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.
- Bourbon War, who jumped into the Triple Crown discussions about this time a year ago for trainer Mark Hennig, worked this morning over the Gulfstream Park main track. The 4YO son of Tapit — who has not won since capturing an allowance here a year ago and hasn’t been able to recapture his early glory since running 2nd in the Fountain of Youth Stakes last Spring — worked a half mile in :48.69. That was the 10th best time out of 22 to go the distance. Ran a promising 3rd in an allowance at GP on Dec. 22. Here’s hoping that a return to his favorite track may be the trick. One of the best trainers in the world has him under the roof. Confident they will figure him out. Yet. Mark Hennig is as patient, diligent, studious, and hard-working as they come in the business. The horse is in the best hands. Daily.
- Restoring Hope, a 5YO son of Giant’s Causeway and trained by Jason Servis for the ownership team of Gary and Mary West, worked this morning at Oaklawn Park. This horse bounced on the scene in a hurry with a 3rd in the G2 Wood Memorial last Spring at Aqueduct. That was his first start after breaking the maiden. Ran 12th to Mr. Money in the G3 Pat Day Mile, and returned with an 8th in the G1 Belmont Stakes. Has not been in Stakes company since then, though, and last ran 2nd in an allowance at Monmouth Park back in September. Got this 4th work since returning to serious training in November. Went a half mile in a sizzling :46.40 at Oaklawn this morning. That was the bullet move out of 27 to cover the distance and an usual move for a barn known world-wide for slow, slower, and slowest works. Interesting. Ready?
- Doc Boy, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Michael Stidham, worked this morning at Tampa Bay Downs. This one — who has a 2-0-1 record in the first 5 starts and won a listed Stakes event at Colonial Downs last August — breezed 3 furlongs in a modest :38.20. That was 6th best of 8, but it was his first published work since running in the G3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at KEE last October. Finished 12th in that affair, and has been idle since. This one has some talent. Here’s hoping that it resurfaces in the sun.