(Got Stormy / Coady Photography)
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.
- Mo Mosa, a 4YO son of Uncle Mo and trained by Mike Maker, breezed at Oaklawn Park this morning. The colt — who was 2nd to Shared Sense in the G3 Oklahoma Derby last September and was 6th behind Charlatan in a division of the G1 Arkansas Derby — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.60. That was the 2nd fastest clocking out of 15 to go the distance today. This was the 4th reported work since Mo Mosa’s last race, which was a disappointing 9th in an allowance at Churchill Downs in late November. More to come.
- Portos, a 4YO son of Tapit and trained by Todd Pletcher for the owner-breeder Wertheimer and Frere, worked at Palm Beach Downs this morning. The colt breezed a half mile in :49.51 over the training track. That was the 5th best time out of 11 to go the distance. It was the 4th work since being returned to serious training on Dec. 17. This one has not run since May of 2020. He was 14th in the G2 Louisiana Derby, after running 3rd to Max Player n the G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Look road back. Closing in.
- Tatweej, a 5YO son of Tapit and also trained by Pletcher, worked the same distance at PBD this morning. Went a half mile in :48.88. That was the bullet move over the track, and it was his 5th work since being returned to training in late November. In 5 career starts — all of which have occurred at Gulfstream Park — this guy has registered 3 wins. Last time out came in December, when he has 6th in the G3 Harlan’s Holiday to the winner Tax. It was his first try at Stakes company.
- Got Stormy, a multiple Graded Stakes winner for trainer Mark Casse and now a 6YO, worked at the conditioner’s training facility near Ocala, FL this morning. The beautiful chestnut mare rolled 3 furlongs in :36 flat, which was the bullet move out of 5 to go that far. It was her first work since running 5th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland last November. In 26 career starts now, the mare has a sparkling record of 10-5-3 and has earned over $2,021,000. Nice to see her back in training. Another year? Fantastic news from owner Gary Barber.
- La Signare, a 6YO mare by Siyouni and trained by Brendan Walsh, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida. The Graded Stakes winner — who ran 3rd in the G2 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile Stakes last September — went an easy half mile in :50 flat. That was the 15th best time out of 21 to go that distance. It was her 4th published work since November. More to come.
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- Gagetown, a 3YO son of Exaggerator and trained by Brad Cox, may be one to keep your eye on. In just his 2nd career start, this one ran a very nice 2nd to Quick Tempo in the Sugar Bowl Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Dec. 19. Came from the back of the pack that day and was beaten less than 2. Broke the maiden at first ask at Churchill Downs on Nov. 13. Came from off the pace that day, too, and won going away by 2. Could be a good one. A real good one.
- Jackie’s Warrior, one of the top 2YOs in the country a year ago and winner of 4 of 5 races on the year, worked at the Fair Grounds on Tuesday, too. Went an easy half mile in :51 flat for the barn of Steve Asmussen. It was his 2nd published work since being returned to serious training. Has not raced since finishing 4th in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland. Before that? A perfect 4-for-4 with wins in the G1 Champagne, the Hopeful Stakes and the G2 Saratoga Special. On the KY Derby Trail, to be sure, but questions remain if the son of Maclean’s Music will get the distances. Stay tuned.
- Cazadero, a 3YO son of Street Sense and winner of the G3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs last June, has not raced since finishing 5th in the G2 Saratoga Special in August. Got his 8th published work since November on Tuesday, though, and looks about ready to pop. Went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 — which was the 4th best time out of 17. Look for this one in the entry box soon. One to watch, too.
- Swiftsure, a 3YO son of Speightstown and another trained by HOFer Steve Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds on Tuesday, too. This one broke the maiden at first call on Nov. 27 in New Orleans. Drew off to win by nearly 4 that day. Has speed and looks to be able to carry it, as well. Next outing will be interesting. To be sure.