Each day, we scour the work tabs from racetracks all over the country to find horses that may be working — with a purpose — for their next appointed round at the afternoon matinees. Some of the horses that we are watching, you will know about. And, some others? You may want to know about. Here is a closer look at some that were on the track over the last couple of days:
- Excitations, a 3YO Into Mischief colt that we have watched with great interest all spring and summer, finally woke back up in his last try with a very nice second to the undefeated Cold Front, who will be running at Saratoga today. Excitations worked 4Fs at Saratoga in :49:09 for trainer Al Stall and that was good enough for second best out of 16 to go that distance. Watch for this one’s return. Looks to be back on his game.
- Switzerland is a well bred colt by Speightstown and out of an Indian Charlie mare, who is owned by Woodford Racing and trained by Chad Brown. This one hasn’t fired on all cylinders yet, but when he does, he could be really good. In four starts this year, he has a second; a third; and two fourths. The last effort game at Saratoga on Aug. 4, when he was beaten by a total of 2 lengths. He worked 4Fs at Saratoga yesterday morn in :49:32 breezing. That was ninth best out of 37.
- Dabster, who was my Winter Book bet to win this year’s Kentucky Derby, was finally spotted again. Yeah!!!!! He had his second work in August on Friday when he went 4Fs in :49:80 at Los Alamitos for trainer Bob Baffert. This colt is a son of Curlin, who was purchased for $1 million by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum at the Fasig-Tipton 2YO In Training Sale last year. This one broke his maiden in his second career start in January and appeared to be on his way, when he was derailed by foot issues. Now, it appears that he may be over those and on the comeback trail. I will keep a keen eye on this one. I am already heavily invested, too.
- Pendleton, a 3YO colt by Giant’s Causeway, is also owned by Woodford Racing and has yet to make his career debut. But he should be very close. He had his 8th work since July 7 on Friday, when he zipped 5Fs in 1:00.66 for trainer Chad Brown. That was the third best work out of 11 to go that distance. This one cost $600,000 as a yearling in 2015, and should make quick returns once he makes the track. Keep an eye on this one. Talented.