Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country to see if there is a horse of note, or one that could become such, that is working with a real purpose and an upcoming race soon. Some of the horses we tab, you will know. Some of them you may not know, but may want to know. Here is a closer look at today’s work tab.
- Untrapped, who ran back-to-back thirds in the G3 Indiana Derby and the G3 Ohio Derby after a disappointing 12th in the Kentucky Derby, was back in action on Sunday at Churchill Downs. The 3YO son of Trappe Shot worked 5Fs in 1:01.20 breezing for trainer Steve Asmussen, and that was good enough to be the 6th best time out of 29 to go that far. Untrapped has won only one time in nine lifetime starts — when he broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last fall as a 2YO. But he does have 3 seconds and 3 thirds and lifetime earnings that are nearing $375,000. Watch for his reappearance this fall at either Keeneland or Churchill Downs — and he is still eligible for a NX1 condition. Would be tough against those.
- Vigor, a 3YO filly by War Front who was beaten a dirty nose in her first try against allowance company in her last out on the grass at Saratoga, was back on the track this morning at The Spa. She breezed 4Fs in :50.00, which was 10th best out of 33 to go that distance. The filly, owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, has hit the board in each of her last four outings with a win and a tough luck second in the past two. She will be tough at another grass sprint, if that is where trainer Bill Mott spots her in the next out.
- Electro, a 3YO Ghostzapper gelding, got a nice, brisk work at Belmont Park this morning for trainer Mike Maker. He went 4Fs in :47.88, which was the 4th best time out of 57. This one got an absolute horrid trip from pilot Kendrick Carmouche in his last start, which was a MC75,000 event at Saratoga, going 11/16 miles on the grass. At the start of that one, the gelding’s stalemate veered sharply right at him and the rider snatched Electro up with an absolute stranglehold and never gave him a chance to compete, while going 3-wide after that. That outing on Aug. 27 at Saratoga was this horse’s second career start, and first since January at Santa Anita. The colt was originally purchased for $400,000 by Juddmonte Farm and raced under that ownership initially. after the one lone start down the hill at Santa Anita, though, he was shipped East and sold for $50,000 to Three Diamonds Farm at the Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale. This is exactly the type that Maker excels with, picking either out of the claiming ranks or dispersal sales, and reclaiming for other purposes. Watch out for this one, that certainly had the looks to be a high-priced yearling. Looks to be on the improve.