Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America in search of horses that may be fine-tuning their game for an important race near you.  Some of the horses we track, you will be familiar with, and some, you may not — as of yet.  But we try to watch to see who may be getting ready to run a big race that we all can cash in on.  Here’s a closer look at today’s works:

  1. Totality, a 3YO Tapit colt, worked 4Fs at Keeneland this morning, going the distance in an impressive :48.80 over the main dirt track. That was the 8th best time out of 24 to go that distance.  As you know, Keeneland opens its’ Fall Meet this week and many of the world’s top trainers and barns are in Kentucky to run for some of the best purses and Stakes. Totality, a well-bred son of Tapit who is owned by the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, is coming off a short break after a disappointing spring/summer. After breaking his maiden last year, he was shipped to Remington Park and ran a nice second in the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes.  Visions of grandeur had to be dancing. But after a disappointing 10th to start the year in the G2 Lecompte Stakes at The Fairgrounds, this one hasn’t been the same. Today was the colt’s 6th straight published work and the last two are very nice. Keep an eye on this one’s return.
  2. Senior Investment, who won this year’s Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and came right back to run an impressive third in the G1 Preakness Stakes, was back on the track at Churchill Downs this morning. He worked 5Fs in 1:01.80 breezing over the dirt surface. That was good enough for 13th out of 25 to go the distance. After the Preakness, Senior Investment ran 5th in the Belmont Stakes and then 10th in the Belmont Derby, on the grass. Since then, he has been on sabbatical for trainer Kenny McPeek and assistant Jeff Hiles. Look for a return visit to Keeneland this October, though. This was his 6th published work since his last race and the last two are peaking.
  3. C Dub, one of my favorite work horses, was impressive again this morning for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.  The 3YO Hard Spun colt, owned by the Albaugh Family Stables, went 4Fs in a brisk :47.60 over the fast Churchill Downs dirt track. That was good enough to be 2nd out of 39 to work that far. C Dub ran 5th in his only career start to date, back in January at Oaklawn Park.  But this one has reported 8 works since Aug. 15 and 5 of those have been bullets (best times of the day).  The other three — like the one today — have been super impressive, as well. This one is primed and ready to go.
  4. Tap of War is a well-bred 3YO filly by War Front, who is also trained by Kelly Von Hemel for the Albaugh Family.  She covered 4Fs in :47.20 this morning at Churchill Downs, which was the best time out of 39 to go that distance. This one has not been seen in the afternoon since she ran a disappointing 11th in her career debut on the grass surface of Keeneland.  Before that she had run 9th in the G3 Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn, which was won by It Tiz Well (impressive winner of the Pennsylvania Derby in her last). Look for a return to the track at Keeneland, too.