Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks al over North America, looking for insights and information that may be helpful and beneficial to you and your handicapping.  Some of the horses that we track, you will be familiar with and others, you may not — yet.  We try to look at horses that are training well, and some that may be on the recovery trail.  Here is a look at the most recent works of interest:

  1. Sonneteer, a 3YO colt who ran in this year’s Kentucky Derby as a maiden, was back on the track Tuesday at Santa Anita, where he went 4Fs in :50.80 over the dirt surface.  It was the 47th best time out of 53 to go the distance in a pure maintenance move. In his last afternoon effort, Sonneteer, a son of Midnight Lute trained by Keith Desormeaux, ran third in the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.  He was beaten about 5 lengths by Mr. Misunderstood.  After pressing the pace for much of the 11/16-mile race, Sonneteer encountered some rough going in the stretch, but a claim of foul by his rider, Gerald Melancon, was disallowed. This was his first published work since that outing.
  2. Dominating Woman, a nice 3YO Dominus filly, worked 4Fs at the San Luis Rey Training Center on Tuesday, covering 4Fs in :48 flat.  It was the 4th fastest time out of 14 to go the distance. This filly hasn’t been seen in the afternoon since February, but she has been training regularly for Peter Miller and looks ready for her return.  This was her 8th regular work since Aug. 2, and if she returns to the races like she began her career — with a win and a second in two lifetime starts — then watch out.
  3. C Dub, a 3YO colt trained by Kelly Von Hemel for the Albaugh Family Stable, made another impressive showing on the track Tuesday, breezing 4Fs in :48 flat at Churchill Downs.  That was the 3rd fastest time out of 31 to go that distance. This son of Hard Spun has raced only once to date, finishing 6th in a MSW event at Oaklawn Park back in January.  But this one cost $475,000 as a yearling, and has been training super for his return.  Wouldn’t be shocked to see this one end up on the grass and in a race soon.
  4. Big Bend, who cracked through with a stakes victory down at Kentucky Downs for trainer Tom Proctor in his last outing, is back at Fair Hill and back to his training regiment. He went 4Fs in :49.20 breezing over the all weather surface there on Tuesday.  That was second best out of 3 to go the distance.  This grass expert may show back up at Keeneland during October.
  5. American Anthem, who disappointed with a dull third in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes to Practical Joke in his last showing, was back on the track at Santa Anita on Monday.  He went 5Fs in :59 flat, which was the bullet work out of 55 to go the distance.  It will be interesting to see what super trainer, Bob Baffert, decides to do with this son of Bodemeister, who has been running lights out at the one-turn distances.  He looks to be getting ready for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, though, where he will have to face defending champ and stablemate Drefong.  If not, Baffert could try to stretch this one out to a mile.  But his run at 7Fs at Saratoga was less than inspiring.  I never count out Baffert, though.  The guy is the best in the business.