Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America. We are looking for workouts that may be trending well, and those that may indicate otherwise.  We will try to provide analysis and updates on horses that you know, and, perhaps, some that you may want to know.  Here is a closer look at today’s works:

  1. Gun Runner, now rated by many as the top horse in all the world and the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic after convincing and dominating wins in the G1 Stephen Foster, the G1 Whitney Handicap and the G1 Woodward Stakes, was on the track at Santa Anita this morning. He went 5Fs in 1:01.60 over the dirt surface. That was the 9th best time out of 24 to go the distance. The big chestnut turned it up a notch this morning for Assistant Trainer Scott Blasi.  This one will have a couple of more works before the big Saturday in November.
  2. Basha, a 3YO colt Uncle Mo and trained by Jorge Navarro, worked 5Fs on the dirt on Monmouth Park this morning in a time of 1:01 flat.  That was the 6th best time out of 12 to go the distance. The colt looked to be on fire this spring when he ran second in the Smooth Air Stakes and then third in the Just One More Stakes at Gulfstream Park, fell on some hard times and then got a break from training.  He made a return run on Sept. 23, but ran a disappointing 8th in an AOC race at Parx.  May want to keep an eye on this one to see if he doesn’t return to form in the next race or two.

  1. West Coast, the dynamite winner of the G1 Travers Stakes and a dominating one in the G1 Pennsylvania Derby, trained on Saturday for trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita. He went 4Fs in :48.80 over a fast dirt track, which was good enough for 10th out of 34 times. A nice maintenance move.
  2. Dabster, my Winter Book Bet for this year’s Kentucky Derby, hasn’t been at the races until January, when he went to the sidelines with some feet issues. But this son of Curlin, who cost $1,000,000 at the 2YO sales last year, is really coming back to hand.  He has been working steadily at Los Alamitos and then worked with the big boys at Santa Anita on Saturday, going 4Fs in :48 flat, which was the bullet out of 7 to go. Watch out.