Workouts That Just May Work Out For You — Today’s Focus on Compelled

(Photo of Tom Proctor, who trains Compelled for Glen Hill Farm)


(Compelled, third on the rail, was nipped by Fifty Five and La Coronel in the 2017 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs / Courtesy of Brisnet)

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

  1. Beautiful Street, a 3YO filly by Street Cry who is a homebred of John Oxley, trained at the Casse Training Center in Florida on Wednesday, touring 3-furlongs in a time of :37 flat. That was the best time out of 3 to go that distance. This one has raced only once to date, but she made that one count. Going off as the odds-on favorite, she aired a group of 7 would-be contestants by nearly 4 lengths in an absolute romp at Churchill Downs on May 19, 2017. In the footnotes, the chart caller wrote: “Beautiful Street settled in hand, engulfed Vida Leva Eu (who ran second) leaving the turn and widened to score with something left. The question is simple: What happened to her after that? She hasn’t raced since, and this was just her second work back. But if she can come back to that kind of eye-popping performance? Watch out.
  2. Gio Game, another one from the vast array of stable stars located in the Mark Casse barn these days, worked in company with the one above on Wednesday. She went the same distance at the same time. This daughter of Gio Ponti broke her maiden at Keeneland in October after two straight seconds. She went out to try the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, but finished well back in 9th that day at Del Mar. This was her first published work since that performance.
  3. Compelled, a 4YO daughter of War Front trained by Tom Proctor, worked this morning at Tampa Bay Downs. She breezed 5-furlongs in a time of 1:02.20, which was the 7th best time out of 17 to go that far on the dirt track. This was the 7th work in a row for this filly since Dec. 2, and all coming at Tampa Bay. She has not been seen in the afternoons since May, 19, 2017 — when she ran a game second in the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico. The race before that, she ran third to Fifty Five and La Coronel in the Florida Oaks and second to Rymska in the G3 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park. In 7 lifetime starts, she has 2 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds for breeder/owner Glen Hill Farm. When she is ready to return, keep an eye on this one. She is built to run on the grass.

I thought he ran really well,” Pletcher said. “Showed a little more speed than I thought he would. Javier had to take a bit of a hold of him at one point, but when he took him out he finished up nicely. I think in these early 2-year-old races experience is huge. Having two starts compared to others with only one I think that helped today. I think it hurt him a little the last time when he stumbled, you could argue that it helped him today.”

“I think the Hopeful would be the next step with three starts under his belt,” said Pletcher after winning his record seventh Sanford. “If he’s tearing the barn down, we’ll see.”

Todd Pletcher, Trainer of the winner
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