(Diamond Solitaire at Indy Grand last year / Photo by Gene McLean)
(Nearly?) 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.
- Hailkal, a 5YO son of Daaher and trained by Todd Pletcher, was once upon a time a leading contender on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” But? That was in 2019 after a nice win in the G3 Gotham Stakes and a solid 3rd in the G2 Wood Memorial — when he was about 4 lengths behind the duo of Tacitus and Tax. Was off from that race in April until January of 2020. Went 0-for-3 last year and now is trying to make another comeback. Ran 8th in the G3 Fred W. Hooper Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 23 in this first start since mid-December. Worked this morning at Belmont Park and went 4 furlongs in :50.01. That was the 13th best time out of 27 and his third straight move since moving North. Here’s hoping this one can return to the glory days. Soon.
- No Parole, a 4YO Louisiana-bred son of Violence and also a Graded Stakes winner for trainer Tom Amoss, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. This one returned to the track in February and won the Premier Sprint Stakes at Delta Downs in his first start since finishing 6th in the G2 Phoenix Stakes at KEE last October. Got his 2nd published work since the 2021 debut this morning. Went 4 furlongs in :48.80. That was the 3rd best time out of 29 to go the distance. Look for more from this talented sprinter soon.
- Diamond Solitaire, our 3YO daughter of Majestic Harbor and trained by great friend Stephen Lyster, worked this morning at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington. This Indiana-bred & sired filly — who was Stakes-placed a year ago — went 3 furlongs in :37.40. That was the 3rd best time out of 10 to clock the distance. Galloped out solidly, too. Can’t wait till we get her back to the races up at the Grand Indy Grand next month. Just can’t wait.