Every day, we will scan the work tabs from tracks all over the country to find horses that you know, and, some that you don’t, to track their progress towards their next starts. We will try to keep you posted on their works and give you some handicapping info that may help in future races; future bets.
Here is a look at some recent works that we think may be important:
- Mor Spirit, a 4YO Ridgling who has been lights out since trainer Bob Baffert has turned him back in distance, worked 5Fs at Del Mar today in a lightning quick :59.60, which was the fastest out of 59 to work the distance this morning. This year, Mor Spirit has raced four times, with three wins and a second. He comes out of an impressive victory in the Met Mile at Belmont. He will be a hand full the next time out.
- Sonneteer, who finally broke his maiden in his last out, was back on the track today, working 4Fs at Del Mar in :49.20. That was good enough for 36 out of 64 to work the distance. This son of Midnight Lute was second in the Rebel Stakes and 4th in the Arkansas Derby (both at Oaklawn Park) before finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby as a maiden. He may now try be pointed to a more conventional route to race selection by trainer Keith Desormeaux.
- Lyrics, a 3YO filly who broke her maiden in her last start for trainer Richard Mandella, was on the track again today at Del Mar, covering 5F in 1:00.80. That was the 12th fastest work out of 57 to go that long. She seems to like the grass much better than the dirt, and I think you can look to bet this “speed router” to be very keen in her next start, too. She is the second horse to make the “Pressbox Power Play” list, when we touted her before her 6-1 win.
- Cowboy Culture, is a very nice 3YO colt who won the G3 Arlington Classic on the grass the end of May, got his sixth work since that galloping victory on Saturday. He worked 4F in :48.80, which was good enough for the 21st best time in 73 to go that distance. He will probably be back in action soon, and back at Arlington Park for trainer Brad Cox. Keep an eye out for this one. He’s that good.
- Paradise Woods, who was the world’s top pick for this year’s Kentucky Oaks after her runaway victory in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks, has not been seen in the afternoons since that debacle at Churchill Downs. Be she is working steadily again for trainer Richard Mandella. She covered 6Fs at Del Mar on Friday in 1:13.60, which was the top time at that distance. She may be tuning back up for a stakes appearance at the seaside track.
- Pendleton, a talented 3YO colt owned by Woodford Racing, is getting geared up for his career debut for trainer Chad Brown. Don’t miss this one. He’s good. He drilled 5Fs in 1:00.45 on Friday, which was the 6th best time out of 19. Put him on your list. He will certainly make “The Pressbox Power Play” list.