Every day, we take a look at workouts around the country. Some of the names on our list will be very familiar to most race fans. Some, though, may not. We try to keep you updated on some horses that are training up to some of the biggest and best Stakes races, and others that may make a name on the racetrack soon.
Here is closer look at today’s tab:
- Battle of Midway, the talented 3YO colt who ran an impressive third in this year’s Kentucky Derby, was back on the track at Del Mar this morning. He went 4F in :49.20. Interestingly, though, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had the son of Smart Strike work over the TURF course. His time for that work was the fastest of five to go that distance on the grass. Battle of Midway has been one of the top names on the Triple Crown chase all spring, and, after his run in the Derby, many thought he may be tough to beat in the summer classics. But after tugging at the lead in the G1 Haskell Stakes, the colt faded to a disappointing sixth. Now, with this work, one might wonder if the connections are considering a change of plans and courses. Battle of Midway was also in the news this week for another reason — his half-brother. A yearling by Medaglia d’Oro (and a half-brother to Battle of Midway) sold for $900,000 on Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Sale at Saratoga. We will keep an eye on this one.
- Untapped, a daughter of Tapit who many considered a candidate for this year’s Kentucky Oaks when 2017 began, is back at home at Churchill Downs and made a return trip to the oval this morning. She breezed an easy 4Fs in :51:00, which was 32nd out of 36 to try the distance. This filly broke her maiden in impressive fashion at Keeneland last October, and quickly followed that up with her second victory in December at The Fairgrounds in New Orleans. But after a short break, Untapped has not been the same. In January, she ran a dull fifth and beat just one horse in the Silverbulletday Stakes at The Fairgrounds. Her second start this year wasn’t any better. She pressed the pace and faltered badly in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at The Fairgrounds on Feb. 25. After that the filly got an extended vacation. Today was her first published workout since that last race for trainer Steve Asmussen. It may take a few works, but, hopefully, she will be back soon.
- Douglas Road, one of our featured horses in the “Pedigree of the Day” segment, was back on the track for the first time since he ran second at Delaware Park on July 26. The 3YO colt, by The Factor, breezed 4Fs today at Fair Hill in :49.00 on the “all weather” track. That was good enough to be the 3rd fastest time out of 5 to work the distance. Douglas Road very easily could have won that last race. He stalked the pace throughout and looked to be in front at the wire, but was edged a nose by Ousby, another one to watch. Keep an eye out for this one the next time he makes an appearance on the grass.
- McCraken, one of my most favorite horses and the hard-luck loser of the G1 Haskell Stakes in his last try, was back on the track this morning at Saratoga — where he is getting ready for a rematch in the G1 Travers Stakes. He breezed 4Fs in :49:03 for trainer Ian Wilkes — which was the fastest of 18 to go the distance this morning. We will reach out to Ian on Friday morning to get a few words about the son of Ghostzapper and how he is doing after his workout.
- Giuseppe the Great, a gutty son of Lookin at Lucky who ran a huge, closing second to Good Samaritan in the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga in his last out, was back at The Spa this morning. He breezed 4Fs in :49:87, which was sixth best out of 18. He is expected to run back in the Travers, as well. He was my long shot special in the Woody Stephens earlier this summer, and he ran a solid second at 31-1 odds for trainer Nick Zito.