Every day, we scan the work tabs around the country to see who may be cranking it up for a race.  Some of the horses we track, you will know.  Some of them, you will not.  We are looking to pay attention to those that are preparing for a top effort soon.

Here is a close look at today’s list:

  1. Dominating Woman, a 3YO filly by Dominus, continues to prepare for her return to the races. This one broke her maiden at Santa Anita on Feb. 25 in impressive fashion, winning by 71/2 lengths in a 7F event on the dirt. On Wednesday, she worked 5Fs in 1:00:40 at the San Luis Rey Training Center.  This is her sixth published work since July 20.  Keep an eye on this one, who is trained by Peter Miller.  She may be ready to pop on her return to afternoon action.
  2. Untapped, a 3YO filly by Tapit, is another one gearing up for a return to the races. After a nice 2YO campaign, this one fell on hard times early this year before getting a break from her owners (Winchell Thoroughbreds) and trainer (Steve Asmussen).  She worked this a.m. at Churchill Downs, covering 4F in :50:60, which was 21st out of 31 to go the distance.  This was her third work since Aug. 10.  The filly probably won’t return to afternoon action until later this fall.
  3. Tap of War, a 3YO War Front filly owned by the Albaugh Family, hasn’t run since a horrible effort at Keeneland in April.  But this filly, who cost $270,000 as a yearling, got her second work since Aug. 17 today and she looked the part, going 3Fs in a brisk :36.20 breezing for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.  This one is still a month or two away from afternoon action, too, but may be worth putting in your stable mail to watch.
  4. Vendita, a 5YO Smart Strike mare ran fourth on Aug. 4 at Gulfstream Park. But she was beaten two noses and a neck going 71/2F on the turf.  She breezed 5Fs in 1:02.55 this morning at Palm Meadows Training Center, which was second best out of 4 to go. This one would be worth a claim if/when she drops back into that level.  I will be watching, too.