(Omaha Beach this Spring at Churchill Downs / Photos 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.

  1. Omaha Beach, who certainly appeared to be set and ready for this Spring’s Triple Crown run before an entrapped epiglottis forced the connections to stop and have throat surgery performed on this wonderful 3YO son of War Front, is back. Really. Back. And, perhaps, better than ever. The beautiful dark bay colt — who came off a 6-month layoff to defeat the super-fast and record-setting Shancealot in the G1 Santa Anita Sprint on Oct. 5 — was back in training at Santa Anita this morning. He went 5 furlongs in a spectacular time of :59.60. That was the fastest time out of 29 horses to breeze that far. But it was more than just the time that caught the eye. It was the horse. It was the ease. It was the muscles. It was the coat. It was the tone. This guy has raced 5 times this year, with 4 wins and a second. The second game in a MSW event at Santa Anita on Jan. 4. Trivia Question: Can you name the horse that defeated Omaha Beach that day? Without looking? It was a speedster by the name of Nolo Contesto. A good one — especially at that time. Omaha Beach now is being pointed for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Truthfully, I think he could win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Or. The Breeders’ Cup Mile. Or. The Breeders’ Cup Classic. He may be able to win all 3, LOL. He’s that good. Seriously. He’s that good.
  2. Garth, a 2YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Bob Baffert, has raced just 2 times in his career so far. Ran well to be second on debut at Del Mar on Aug. 10. Came back less than a month later, though, and ran 6th in the G1 Del Mar Futurity. Pushed the button early and forced a suicide pace in the early part of the 7 furlong contest, which was won by Nucky. Garth was back in training this morning at Santa Anita. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. That was the 4th best time out of 29 this morning. Don’t give up on this one. Not just yet. Has speed to burn.
  3. Sir Winston, the 3YO Awesome Again colt who shocked the world by beating his more notable stablemate War of Will and capture the Belmont Stakes this Summer, is back in training for trainer Mark Casse. The striking chestnut got his first published work since the Belmont Stakes this morning at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida. Went 3 furlongs in :37.40. That was the 2nd best time out of 8 to go that distance. Long ways to go still, but good to see him back in training. Good for him. Good for the game.
  4. Telekinesis, a very talented 4YO son of Ghostzapper and in the barn of Casse, worked this morning at Keeneland. He went 4 furlongs in :49.60 — which was the 19th best time out of 24 to clock the distance. This guy has not run since April, but this was his 6th published work on the road to recovery. It was not that long ago when this one was one of the “buzz” horses in the Casse barn. Ran a huge 2nd in the G3 Lexington Stakes at KEE in 2018. Won the Plate Trail at Woodbine. Be fun to see this one back to that self. Keeping tabs.