Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America, searching for the horses that are working well in their morning preparations for their next appointed rounds in the afternoon.  Some of the horses that we watch, you will know and recognize. Some of them, though, you may not know — yet.  Here is a closer look at today’s works and some other notes:

  1. Bolt d’Oro, the prohibitive favorite to win this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, is scheduled to work at Santa Anita this morning. He worked 5F this a.m. at The Great Race Place in a time of 1:01.40, handily, which was 40th best of 76 to go the distance. In short order, nothing short of fast and impressive is ever expected from this brilliant colt. That is the way this son of Medaglia d’Oro has been ever since he stepped foot on the track for owner/trainer Mick Ruis. Yet, it will not be an easy go of it when he and others arrive at Del Mar for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Championships.  In fact, this may be one of the deeper pools of talented 2YO colts in recent memory.  A couple of others tuning up for the same race were very impressive at Santa Anita on Saturday. See below:
  2. Free Drop Billy, winner of the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in his last performance, fired a bullet at Santa Anita. With assistant trainer Tammy Fox in the saddle, the son of Union Rags went 5Fs in :59.60 for trainer Dale Romans. That was the fastest — and arguably the most impressive work of the entire day — out of 70 to go that distance. I will reach out to my friend, Dale, today to get a full report on how this young and impressive colt came out of his work.
  3. Firenze Fire, winner of the G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 7, was back on the track at the Big Sandy in New York, breezing a half-mile in :50.61 seconds. Regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. was up for the move for trainer Jason Servis. The trainer was quoted by The Daily Racing Form as saying, “It went good. Iran was smiling, and that’s always a good sign.” The colt, by Poseidon’s Warrior, is expected to ship to California on Halloween day. Ortiz was quoted, in the DRF as saying, “He was going slow and relaxed. I just wanted to check if I have something and when I asked him a little bit he turned on right away. Then I slowed him down because (Servis) didn’t want to go too fast.