(Trainer Tom Amoss / 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.
- Long Weekend, a 3YO son of Majesticperfection and trained expertly by Tom Amoss, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. The colt — who has managed to win 4 of 5 lifetime starts, to date — breezed a brilliant 4 furlongs in an attention-catching time of :46.80. That was the bullet time out of 35 to work the distance today. The last time out, Long Weekend won the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park for his 3rd win in a row. The only time he was off the board was in the G2 Saratoga Special last year, when he was 6th. This one is scheduled to travel West for his next start, but it must be getting mighty tempting to attempt to stretch this gutty colt out to test the two turns and possibly prep for the KY Derby. Mighty tempting.
- Tempers Rising, a 3YO daughter of Bayern and trained by Dallas Stewart, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. This gal — who ran 2nd to Bonny South in the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks — breezed 4 furlongs in :49 flat. That was the 14th best time out of the 35. In 9 career starts to date, this one has only one win. But she does have 4 seconds and 2 thirds to add to the resume. Didn’t fire last time out, when 7th in an allowance event here in Louisville on May 29. Although the track was labelled “Fast” that day, it was showering and this one never threw a good shoe at it. Be interesting to see what happens next.
- No Parole, a Louisiana-bred sprint specialist in the barn of trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning under the Twin Spires, too. The 3YO son of Violence breezed 5 furlongs in a time of :57.60. Wow. Time. Brilliant. Time. That was the bullet move out of 12 to test the clock at this distance. Now, this one will face Stakes company again. The last time that happened, No Parole was stretched out to run in the G2 Rebel Stakes around two turns. After contesting the early going, he bailed in the stretch and was 8th. Look for this one to stick to sprinting for the foreseeable future. And, that future looks mighty bright. Sun burst bright. Four win in the first 5 starts. Another could be coming soon for this speedster.
- Serengeti Empress, the 2019 winner of the Kentucky Oaks and another trained by Amoss, worked this morning in Louisville. Like No Parole, she went 5 furlongs. And, like No Parole, she was brilliant, too. She covered the ground in :57.80 — which was the 2nd best time at the distance. This speedball ran 11th in the G1 Apple Blossom last time out when, for some strange reason, she was not allowed to make the early lead. The race before when she went right to the front? Won the G2 Azeri Stakes at the same ballpark.
- Maxfield, a 3YO son of Street Sense and trained by Brendan Walsh, had a very busy, interesting and difficult morning. The undefeated winner of the G3 Matt Winn Stakes in his 2020 debut and the No. 1 rated horse in “The Pressbox’s KY Derby Rankings” breezed 4 furlongs in :49 flat at Keeneland. That was the 8th best time out of 22 and strangely deliberate. It was later discovered that the colt had sustained a fractured cannon bone either during or immediately following the work. The colt was slated to undergo surgery at Rood & Riddle this afternoon, although the injury is not believed to be life-threatening. We will keep you posted on any developments.
- Gozilla, a 3YO son of Flatter and trained by Steve Asmussen, has not raced since he was 4th in the G1 Champagne Stakes last October. Ran about 41/2 lengths behind the winner Tiz the Law that day, and with the exit of Maxfield from consideration for this year’s KY Derby, that one is now a prime contender for the 2020 “Run for the Roses.” The colt — who fetched $395,000 at the OBS April Sale last year — breezed 5 furlongs at Keeneland this morning. Covered the distance in 1:01.40. That was the 2nd best time out of 8 to go the distance. It was his 5th published workout since being returned to serious training in early May. Look out for this one. Has the pedigree to go long. Has the PPs to be good.