Each day, we will scan the workouts at racetracks all over the country and give you some updates on some horses that you may already know and some that you may want to know before they go to the starting gate for either their first time, or their next time.  Here is a closer look at those works for Friday, Aug. 11:

  1. Paradise Woods, the runaway winner of the G1 Santa Anita Derby and the filly that TVG commentator Simon Bray declared “could not lose the Kentucky Oaks” (but did), was back on the track at Del Mar this morning.  The filly has not run since the Oaks, where she was a disappointing 11th on the first Friday in May as the Post Time favorite. But she posted her seventh published work today since June 18, and appears about ready to return to the races. She covered 7F for trainer Richard Mandella this morning in 1:25.60, which was the fastest time out of two to cover the distance.
  2. Always Dreaming, the Kentucky Derby winner who came back to run a game third in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga in his last effort, returned to The Spa’s surface today to work 4Fs in :48.83 breezing.  It was the 12th best time out of 51 to go that far today.  He may be entered next in the G1 Travers by trainer Todd Pletcher.
  3. Profiteer, a 3YO colt who has not been seen in the afternoon since running a disappointing 8th in the Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland in April, worked 4Fs at Saratoga this morn for trainer Shug McGaughey.  He went the distance — on the turf going — in :50.97, which was 35th best out of 57.  It was the War Front’s 8th training session since June 23 and he should be ready to roll in the afternoon soon.  Prior to the Transylvania, Profiteer had run second in a listed stakes at Tampa following two straight wins.  He had not been worse than 4th going into that Stakes.
  4. Pendleton, who has not started yet for trainer Chad Brown, got another work in this morning in impressive fashion.  He went 5Fs at Saratoga in 1:00.34, which was the bullet out of 18.  This is a son of Giant’s Causeway, owned by Woodford Racing.  And, he is a youngster that I have touted for the past month.  He now has seven published works since June 26 and should be ready for a MSW event at Saratoga soon.
  5. Salty, another highly talented and touted filly who ran poorly in the Kentucky Oaks after a highly acclaimed spring in Florida for trainer Mark Casse, worked 4Fs at Saratoga this a.m.  She went 4Fs in a brisk :47.89, which was the bullet out of 25. If she can overcome her gate issues, she may be ready to fire a big one.