Workouts That Just May Work Out for You — Today’s Focus on Champagne Room

(Champagne Room winning the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies / Photo Courtesy of Breeders’ Cup)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America searching for the horses that appear to be peaking at just the right time for a prime afternoon performance. Some of the horses that we watch and track, you will recognize. Others, though, you may not know — yet. Here is a closer look at today’s morning glories:

  1. Champagne Room, the 2016 Eclipse Award Champion 2YO Filly who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies a year ago, has raced 4 times this year with a record of 1-1-1. But she may have been her best in the last out, when she ran a game second in the G2 Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 3. She was beaten 21/2 lengths that day by Majestic Heat, but drifted out twice in the race. Today, she was back in training for conditioner Peter Eurton and worked a really nice half mile at Santa Anita in a time of :47.60. That was the 4th best time out of 15 to go the distance. Keep an eye on the speedy type. She may be rounding back into top end form.
  2. Hottalabama is a 2YO Into Mischief filly trained by Bob Baffert for Speedway Stables. She has raced only once to date, finishing second to Highland Lass in a MSW event going 51/2 furlongs on the dirt on Dec. 1 at Los Al. She worked a half mile at Santa Anita this a.m. in :47.20, which was the bullet out of the 15 to go and meaning that she out-worked the former Breeders’ Cup Champ. Worthy of keeping your eye on this one.
  3. One Fast Broad is a California-bred, 2YO filly who has already sported a record of 3-1-0 in her first five career starts. Included in that resume is a second to Terra’s Angel in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes (where she lost by a half length) and a win in the Soviet Problem Stakes at 1 mile on the dirt at Los Al. She beat Spiced Perfection in that try. Today she worked at Santa Anita for owner/trainer Mick Ruis, going a half mile on the dirt training track in :48.60 — which was the best time out of 1 to go that way.
  4. Montmartre is a 2YO son of Distorted Humor worthy of keeping an eye on for the future. He was third on debut at Los Alamitos on Dec. 17, when he was beaten less than a length for all of it going 6 furlongs on the dirt. He looks to be the type that wants more ground, even though he set all the fractions in that try and just got caught at the wire. He was back on the track at Santa Anita, as well, today and he went a half mile in :47.20, which tied for the best time. Worth a bet the next time, in my opinion.

We’ll wait a few days to see if anything surfaces that we can attribute (her performance) to. We are proud of her. It is different game going from (racing against just) 3-year-olds to racing against older horses. It is not easy to jump to that next level.”

Kenny McPeek, Trainer of Eskimo Kisses
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