(Charlatan runs off with a win in a division of the G1 Arkansas Derby / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Oaklawn Park)

(McKinzie wins at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Guarana / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

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.

  1. Alandra, a 3YO daughter of Blame and trained by Hall of Famer Sug McGaughey, worked at Belmont Park this morning. The filly — who ran third to British Idiom in the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at KEE last October in just her 2nd career start — went 4 furlongs in :50.31. That was the 16th best time out of 26 to go that far. It was her 3rd published work since running 4th in an allowance at Gulfstream Park back in early April. This one is super talented. May take awhile to unlock the box, but she has one of the best trainers in the world to do just that.
  2. Guarana, a 4YO daughter of Ghostzapper and trained by Chad Brown, worked at Churchill Downs this morning. The spectacular filly breezed 4 furlongs in :48.20 — which was the 8th best time out of 44 to clock the distance. In 4 lifetime starts to date, this one has 3 wins and a second. Last race came int he G1 Cotillion Stakes last September, when she was runner-up to Street Band. This was the 8th published work since Guarana was returned to serious training in March. Watch out here. She will spring with the latch.
  3. Noble Indy, a 5YO son of Take Charge Indy and trained by Todd Pletcher, worked at the Palm Beach Training Center in South Florida this morning. This Graded Stakes winner — who captured an allowance race at Guflstream Park on March 15 in the last start and his 2020 debut — breezed a half mile in :48.94. That was the 5th best time out of 10 to go the distance. Look for this one to kick it up a notch soon.
  4. Charlatan, a 3YO son of Speightstown and now the “Talk of the Town” after the disturbing news of a possible positive drug test after his win in the G1 Arkansas Derby, was back in action on Wednesday. The undefeated colt — who is a perfect 3-for-3 now — breezed an easy half mile in :50 flat. That was the 23rd best time out of 37 to go that distance today at Santa Anita. Be glad with the controversy is over, and this one can simply run again. He is talented. Very talented.
  5. McKinzie, another superstar talent in the barn of trainer Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita this morning, as well. The 5YO son of Street Sense — who has a 7-6-0 record in just 15 lifetime starts — breezed 5 furlongs in a snappy 1:00 flat. That was the 4th best time out of 25 to work the distance. This guy has not run since finishing 11th in the Saudi Cup back in February. That was only the 2nd time in his career that he had not finished either first or second in a race. Today marked the 6th published work for the horse since his return from the Middle East. Looks ready. Real ready.