(Steve Asmussen trains both Reride and Tap Daddy for Winchell Thoroughbreds / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know.  Some of them, you may not know — as of yet.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working their best and ready for a key race.  Here is a look at today’s top works:

  1. Reride, a talented 3YO colt by Candy Ride and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. He covered 5 furlongs over the main track in 1:03 flat. That was the 7th best time out of 10 to go that distance, in a purse maintenance move. Since returning to Kentucky after his third place run to Mendelssohn in the UAE Derby, Reride has been put through five published works now. He should be getting ready to go to the starting gate turnstiles soon.
  2. Tap Daddy, a 3YO Scat Daddy colt who is also trained by Asmussen, worked this morning beneath the grand Twin Spires. He went 5 furlongs in the same time. In his last race, Tap Daddy won the James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico when torrential rains washed the Stakes event off the grass. It was his first win in four tries this year. This one may be a bit inconsistent to date, but the talent is sure there. This one is owned by the Winchell Thoroughbreds group, just as the one above.
  3. Ike, a 3YO son of Paynter and trained by Bob Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita. He went 5 furlongs over the dirt surface in a brilliant :59.60. That was the bullet move out of 15 to go that distance. This is his fourth move in a regular weekly routine, and it is his third bullet fire in a row. Ready. He has run only 3 times in his career, and the last was a second in the Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 14. If you can make the Baffert Traveling Squad, you are talented. And, he is. Watch for his name to pop soon.