Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On American Anthem, Good Samaritan

(Bob Baffert trains American Anthem)

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. Debating, a 3YO Giant’s Causeway colt trained by Steve Asmussen for Woodford Racing, LLC, is entered to run Friday at Ellis Park. He made the career debut last September at Belmont Park, running fifth to a nice one by the name of Prolific. He has not been seen since, but got his 9th published work since late May when he blew out 3 furlongs at Churchill Downs this morning. He went the distance in :36.40, which was third best of 11. This one was purchased for $525,000 as a Keeneland September Yearling in 2016. It may be time for this one to break his maiden.
  2. Ebben, a 3YO colt by Trappe Shot and trained by Steve Margolis, has not run since finishing 6th to Bravazo in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds back in February. He had previously run 6th in the G3 LeComte Stakes; sixth in the Street Sense Stakes; and fourth in the G3 Iroquois. Although he hasn’t been seen in the afternoons since Winter, he got his fourth published work since June 29 this morning at Churchill Downs, going a half mile in a snappy :48.20. That was the bullet work out of 48 to go the distance. He has 2 wins in 8 career starts, and may be OK when he starts back in an allowance event.
  3. Lookin At Lee, who ran second to Always Dreaming in the 2017 KY Derby, was back on the Churchill Downs main track this morning. The colt — who has only one win in 10 starts since that May Day — was last seen in the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes on July 14 at Indy Grand. He ran 4th that day. On Monday, went an easy half mile in :51 flat, which was 39th best out of the 48.
  4. One Fast Broad, a 3YO Cal-bred filly trained by Mick Ruis, is coming off a third place finish in the Melair Stakes at Santa Anita on June 3. Earlier this year, she ran fifth to Midnight Bisou in the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes. This morning the daughter of Decarchy went a half mile at Del Mar in a brilliant :47 flat. That was the bullet move out of 43 to go that far. If she is left to run against State-breds only, she may be tough in the next out.
  5. American Anthem, a 4YO Bodemeister colt trained by Bob Baffert, is coming off back to back wins to begin the 2018 season. After winning an allowance event at Churchill Downs in June, the colt roared to a nice victory in the G2 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita on June 23. This morn, he worked 5 furlongs at Del mar in a snappy time of :59.80. That was the bullet move out of 44 to go that far. Sitting on go, again.
  6. Lookie Loo, a 4YO colt by Candy Ride and trained by Team Baffert, has never been off the board after 5 career runs. But this one should be ready to join the Stakes ranks soon. In five starts, he has two wins, a second and two thirds. This morning, this one cooked 5 furlongs at Del Mar in :59.80. That was the bullet move out of the 44, as well. Put this one on your “HTW” list.
  7. Good Samaritan, who won the G1 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga a year ago after having won a Graded Stakes on grass as a 2YO, worked at The Spa this morning for trainer Bill Mott. The 4YO Harlan’s Holiday colt, who has earned over $1.2 million in purses to date, has his worse race ever in the last out, finishing 7th in the G1 Met Mile on June 9. Today, he looked much better than that, working a half mile over the dirt training track in :49.20. That was the 20th best time out of 53. He is fit. And, he should be raring to go soon. I bet him back.
  8. Mom’s On Strike, a 5YO mare by First Dude and trained by Joe Sharp, has won five of her last seven races — including the G3 Bewitch Stakes at Keeneland this Spring. She ran fourth in the G2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8 in her last effort, but she was back in fine form this morning at The Spa. She worked a half mile over the dirt training track in :50.20. That was 39th of 53 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this one. She is truly as game as they come.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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