(Bob Baffert trains Ax Man)

Here is a closer look at some of today’s top works:

  1. Ax Man, who was once considered one of Team Baffert’s better hands on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, worked his morning at Santa Anita. The speedster went a half mile in :47.40, which was the 3rd best time out of 70 to go that distance at “The Great Race Place.” This son of Misremembered won his last race, an allowance event at Santa Anita, after burning up in the early fractions of the San Vicente Stakes. This one may need to stay a sprinter.
  2. Reride, part of the Steve Asmussen group of 3YOs who went all the way to Dubai to run third in the UAE Derby to Mendelssohn, is back. He worked this morning at Churchill Downs, going an easy half mile in :51.80. That was the 56th best time out of 64 to go that far. This son of Candy Ride probably will be eased back into the training schedule after such a long trip.
  3. Tiz Mischief, a son of Into Mischief who fell off the Derby Trail after such a promising start, worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Dale Romans. He went 5 furlongs on the turf with the dogs up. He covered the distance in 1:04.20, which was the 4th best time out of 4 to go on the sod. It will be interesting to see where he goes next. He ran such a huge race to lose to Enticed in the KY Jockey Club at Churchill Downs last Fall.
  4. Tapwrit, a highly acclaimed son of Tapit and winner of the G1 Belmont Stakes last summer for trainer Todd Pletcher, worked on Saturday at Palm Beach Downs. He went the distance of a half mile in an easy :50, which was the 14th best time out of the 15 to go that distance. It was just his fourth published work since resuming a training schedule on March 13.
  5. Paradise Woods, a daughter of Union Rags who was spectacular in winning the 2017 Santa Anita Oaks, worked this morning at Santa Anita for trainer Richard Mandella. She went a half mile in a blistering :47 flat, which was the bullet work of 70 to go that distance. The multiple Grade Stakes winner started her 2018 campaign with a disappointing fourth in the G2 Santa Monica Stakes on March 24. The connections are hoping that she can regain her form soon.