Every day that we don’t have a “total eclipse of the sun,” we scan the workout tabs all over the country to find out who is working well and who may be sitting on a top race performance in the coming days and weeks.
Here is a closer look at today’s workouts:
- McCraken, the talented 3YO son of Ghostzapper who was inched out by Girvin in the G1 Haskell Invitational in his last performance, was back on the track at Saratoga this morning. He turned in a 4F breeze in a maintenance time of :51.22. That was the 14th best time out of 14 to go that distance, but it was exactly what his trainer, Ian Wilkes, was looking for. When contacted tonight about the work, Wilkes replied, via text, that all was good with the horse going into this Saturday’s G1 Travers Stakes. The Travers Draw will be held tonight. We will update with the news as soon as we can.
- Electro, another son of Ghostzapper, was also on the Saratoga training track this morning. The gelding, who ran a disappointing 11th in his only start for trainer Bob Baffert back in January before he was sold at Fasig-Tipton this summer, went 5Fs in 1:01.70. That was the 3rd best time out of 10 to go that distance. This is the colt that Juddmonte purchased for $400,000 as a yearling, but sold for $50,000 in July. This was his 6th published work since June 29 and third since he was purchased by Three Diamonds Farm.
- C Dub, a 3YO colt by Hard Spun who sputtered to a sixth-place finish in his only start to date at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 29, is starting to crank it back up for trainer Kelly Von Hemel. This $475,000 yearling purchase breezed 3Fs at Churchill Downs on Monday in a brilliant :34.80, which was the fastest time out of 3 to work the distance. Keep an eye out for this one to make his return this fall at Churchill Downs, since it was only his second work since the race. But both breezes have been bullets.
- American Anthem, a winner of two Stakes sprints in a row since trainer Bob Baffert took him off the Derby Trail and shortened him up, put in his final tuneup for the 7F Kings Bishop — schedule for this Saturday at Saratoga. He worked 4Fs on Sunday at Del Mar, going the distance in a time of :48.20 — which was 15th best out of 46 to go that far. This son of Bodemeister — who will have HOF rider Mike Smith in the saddle — will be my top choice to win his third Stakes race in a row.
- Totality, a 3YO Tapit colt owned by the Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked on Sunday at Churchill Downs. It would have been more appropriate if this one had breezed yesterday afternoon on a training track somewhere near Hopkinsville, KY. (Since the “Eclipse” was in its’ Totality down West KY way). But he went 4Fs in :49.80, which was 22nd best out of 44. This was the colt’s first public work since he ran fifth in an Allowance-Optional Claimer at Churchill Downs on June 23. Look for this one to return to the races this fall, as well. He won his debut at Churchill Downs last fall as a 2YO and is bred well enough to be a real good one. Keep this one in your Stable Mail.