Paradise Woods

Gene thinks Paradise Woods may improve after a rough start in the Torrey Pines.

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country to take a look at the practice sessions in the mornings.  We will be focusing on some horses that you know and are familiar with as being Stakes caliber individuals.  We will also be targeting some younger horses that you may not, yet, recognize.  But you may want to track as they get closer to upcoming races. Here is a look at today’s group:

  1. Paradise Woods, a 3YO filly who romped in the Santa Anita Derby before disappointing in both the Kentucky Oaks and then the Torrey Pines at Del Mar, was back on the track this morning for trainer Richard Mandella, and she looked much more like the eye-popping filly that impressed so many earlier this spring.  She went 4Fs in a brisk :46.40, which was the top time out of 74 to go that distance.  It will be both interesting and very important to see where she ends up in her next race, if she is to have any chance of making and competing in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff — which will be held at Del Mar.
  2. American Anthem, a top 3YO sprinter for the barn of Bob Baffert, was back in action at Santa Anita this morning.  He worked 4Fs in :48.20 over the dirt track, which was the 12th best time out of 85 to go that far. This colt, who won the Woody Stephens at Belmont and the Laz Barrera at Santa Anita going short, ran a rather dull third to Practical Joke in the G1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes at Saratoga on Travers Day in his last out.  Don’t be surprised, though, that this one needed that race and will be tougher when he gets to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint — which will feature his roommate Dre Fong.
  3. Untapped, a beautifully-bred filly by Tapit who is owned by the Winchell Thoroughbreds, is working on her return to the racetrack.  She breezed 5Fs today at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen.  She went the distance in 1:01.20, which was the 6th best time out of 29 to work that distance. This is her sixth straight work since returning to the tab on Aug. 10.  This filly won back-to-back races in October and December of 2016, before disappointing in two stakes early this year.  Watch for her return — perhaps at Keeneland in about a month.  That is where she broke her maiden.
  4. Totality, a 3YO colt by Tapit who is also owned by Winchell and trained by Asmussen, was also on the track at Churchill Downs this morning. He breezed 4Fs in :48.20, which was 16th best out of 56 to go that distance. It was only his third workout since Aug. 20, in his comeback try.  He broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last fall, but fell apart this spring and got a brief vacation after a disappointing run in June.  He should be ready for the fall meeting at Churchill Downs.
  5. C Dub, who is one of my most favorite horses to watch, continues to prep impressively.  He went 5Fs at Churchill Downs this a.m. in a nice 1:01.00, which was the third best time out of 29.  He did it easily and well under hand, though, and looks to be training quite nicely for a return to the track.  This was his fifth straight work since Aug. 15 for Kelly Von Hemel, who trains this one for the Albaugh Family Stable.  This son of Hard Spun is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Warbling — who won the G2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park and a multiple Graded Stakes placed.  Warbling sold for $1.1 million to Aaron Jones at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton November Sale and C Dub sold for $475,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Sale.  Keep an eye on this one, who has made only one career start to date.  He has speed to burn, and should be ready to fire first time back.