Every day, we scan the work tabs at racetracks all over the country to check on the status of horses that you have heard of and may know, and on some that we are watching that you may NOT know about.  We will keep you posted on their respective developments and how they are progressing towards their next race opportunities.

Here is a look at today’s top picks:

  1. American Anthem, who has been a bear since trainer Bob Baffert shortened him back up to one-turn races, was back on the track at Del Mar this morning.  He breezed 5F in 1:00.80 handily, which was good enough for the second best time out of 13 going the distance. The 3YO Bodemeister colt, who won the G2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10 and the G3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita on May 13 in his last two starts may be tough if Baffert ships him East for the King’s Bishop at Saratoga on “Travers Day.”  We will keep an eye out for his next appointment.
  2. Camino de Estrella, a 3YO Mineshaft colt who ran 5th in his return to the races here on July 23 after an extended layoff, worked 5Fs at Del Mar today in :59:20 — which was the fastest time of the day and bettered that of American Anthem.  This one had not been out for trainer Tim Yakteem since January, when he ran a huge second to another Baffert colt — the highly touted Dabster. This one was well back early on and did rally to nearly get fourth and was beaten only 11/2 lengths for third — off that long layoff. Only went 6F in the return. Look out on a stretch out to more distance.
  3. Zonic, a 3YO colt by Ghostzapper who ran a disappointing 8th on July 15 at Belmont Park, got his first workout since a short layoff today.  He breezed 4Fs in :51:02, which was 33rd best out of 46 to go that far at Belmont. Still a maiden, but he has raced 8 times with 6 ITM finishes and 5 thirds for trainer Tom Albertraini, who is not on fire.  This one had a horrible trip in his last, going a route on the grass. Look for better things when he returns to the track this fall.
  4. Jonquil, a 3YO daughter of Kitten’s Joy, is entered to run at Saratoga on 8-17 and got a blowout work in advance today for trainer Robert Ribaudo in impressive fashion.  She worked 3Fs in :37 flat, which was the second best time out of 21 going the distance. She broke her maiden at Saratoga on July 27 when a 1-mile turf race was switched to 7F on the dirt due to rain.  She only beat three others that day, but she has hit the board in 4 of her last 5 tries and looks to be on the improve.  I don’t like betting horses that just broke their maiden when moving up to face winners for the first time.  But keep an eye out for this one coming up later this week.