Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America, looking and searching for that morning move that may put that horse in the perfect pre-race set-up for an upcoming afternoon appearance. Some of the horses that we track, you will know.  Some, on the other hand, you may not know — yet.  Our hope is to provide you with the most up to date information as horses prepare to make their living.  Here is a closer look at today’s work station:

  1. Wuheida, a talented filly trained by Charlie Appleby, breezed over the yielding Keeneland turf course this morning, going 5Fs in 1:04.80. The Dubwai (IRE) filly was originally shipped to Lexington to try the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup here, but she was scratched the morning of the race due to some complications with a hoof.  It was reported at that time that she still would be pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Turf if the hoof responded well to treatment, and apparently she is doing well enough to train.  The filly traveled under exercise rider Kirsty Milczarek. Wuheida will depart for Del Mar Wednesday morning. “She has missed a bit of work so we wanted to get her back on the turf and have a stretch,” Tim Denniff, Wuheida’s traveling lad, said. “We weren’t doing anything too hard today. We are happy. We got exactly what we wanted today. I will speak to Charlie tonight and see what he wants (for training in California. She will have a couple of easy days after the flight, and then probably a couple pieces of work and a breeze.” Although winless in four starts this year, the filly has a second, a third and two fourths in 4 starts — all in Group I competition in Europe.   She most recently finished fourth in the Oct. 1 Prix de l’Opera (G1) at Chantilly in France. She was a perfect 2-for-2 a year ago, with a victory in a Group I event at Chantily.  Do not mistake.  This one has a world of talent.
  2. Photographer is a 3YO War Front filly trained by Tom Proctor, who has been on fire of late. She breezed 5Fs this morning at Proctor’s homeless of operations at Fair Hill in a time of 1:01.20 over the all weather training track. That was the 2nd best time out of 9 to work the distance.  This filly broke her maiden in fine fashion at Saratoga, only to return with a dull 6th place performance at Belmont Park on Sept. 24.  Keep an eye out for this one’s next out.  It should be improved.
  3. Eagle, a 5YO horse by Candy Ride who is trained by Neil Howard for Ambassador William S. Farish, was on the track this morning at Churchill Downs. The Graded Stakes winner worked 4Fs in :50.20 over the muddy surface, which was 2nd best out of 14 to go the distance.  The one ran a huge second in the G3 Philip Islin Stakes at Monmouth Park two starts back, before a disappointing 5th in the Lukas Stakes at Churchill Downs last month.  Look for a nice return from this closer in his next out.
  4. Mourinho, a 2YO youngster in the barn of Bob Baffert, had a monster work this a.m. at Santa Anita. The son of Super Saver, who cost $625,000 this March as a 2YO in-training for owner Phoenix Thoroughbred III Ltd., made the move over a half-mile in :47.20 — which was the bullet work out of 21 to go the distance. This one broke his maiden on Sept. 30 by 41/2 lengths in high fashion. He came back to run 2nd after making the lead in the Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 15 going 6Fs.  Keep an eye on this speed ball.  He has a nice lick to him, for sure.