Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America to keep track of some of the best racehorses in the world. Some of them, you will know.  Some of them, you may not be familiar with — yet.  But we will try to keep you posted on who is working towards a major event or a betting opportunity.  Here is a closer look at today’s works:

  1. Gun Runner, who many consider to be the best horse in training these days (and it is very difficult to argue with his race record of late), made an appearance at his “HOME TRACK” this morning, getting to stretch his legs for the first time since his dominating victory in the G1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 2.  He breezed (if you want to call it that) 4Fs in :49.60, which was 45th best out of 91 to post a published work at the distance.  This son of Candy Ride has now won 5 of his last 6 starts, with the only blemish being a second to Arrogate (the previous best horse in the world) in the Dubai World Cup.  Gun Runner is now scheduled to be trained up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar the first weekend in November by trainer Steve Asmussen.
  2. Glory and Power, who is still a maiden after four starts, breezed 4Fs at the Great Race Place (Santa Anita) this morning for trainer Paulo Lobo, covering the distance in a time of :51.40.  That was good enough to be third of six. This one dead-heated for second in a good group back in January, but was off from March to Aug. 20.  Returned then with a fifth, but was beaten only 3 lengths.  Look for much better from this 3YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro in her next outing.
  3. Paradise Woods, this year’s favorite for the Kentucky Oaks, got an endurance test from trainer Richard Mandella this morning.  She worked 7Fs in 1:25.20 and was the only horse to go that far.  After being sidelined following the Kentucky Oaks debacle, she returned to the races at Del Mar in the Torrey Pines Stakes. But that was not the type of glorious return that many had hoped for or expected.  She was turned sideways at the start, and despite making the lead going into the final turn, she tired badly and reportedly came back very sore in the back.  Let’s hope this very talented filly has a much better return than the previous one.  After all, her performance in the Santa Anita Oaks — when she easily distanced the best 3YO filly in the country that day (Abel Tasman) — was one of the best races of the year.  She is capable of being much better.
  4. Awestruck, a 3YO filly by Tapit who had never been worse than 4th in her first five career starts (including a fourth in the Indiana Oaks) before she ran a disappointing 7th in an allowance at Saratoga, was back at home and on the track at Keeneland this morning.  She breezed a half-mile in :48.20, which was second best out of 12 to go that distance.  Look for a much better performance out of this one the next time she appears in the afternoon.
  5. Untrapped, who ran third in both the Ohio and Indiana Derbies after his disappointing 12th in this year’s Kentucky Derby, followed his stablemate Gun Runner to the track this a.m.  Untrapped worked 5Fs in 1:01.80 over the Churchill Downs’ main dirt track.  That was good enough to be 14th out of 41 to go that distance.  Look for this one to be back in the afternoon real soon and ready to go.