(Neil Howard, who trains Crosswalk for W.S. Farish, may be going to the Woody Stephens Stakes next / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Fifty Five, a 4YO Get Stormy filly trained by Chad Brown, is coming off a second place finish in the Plenty of Grace Stakes at Aqueduct on April 14. Over her career, the NY-bred has 4 wins, 2 seconds and 4 thirds in 11 career starts and her top victory — to date — would appear to be the G3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay in March 2017. She worked at Belmont Park this morning over the inner turf course going a half mile in :49.09, which was the 14th best time out of 17 to go that far. This one has a world of talent.
  2. Dream Pauline, a 3YO Tapit filly owned by Stonestreet Stables and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, has raced only once to date, but she won that debut run on Dec. 3, 2017 at Aqueduct by an impressive and whopping 6 lengths. She has not been seen in the afternoons since then, but had her fourth published workout since March 24 this morning at Belmont Park. She went 3 furlongs in :37.63, which was the 9th best time out of 25 to go the distance. This was her second work in the last 11 days. She appears to be aways away from racing yet, but she does possess world-class talent, it appears. May be worth tracking this one.
  3. Diversify — the NY-bred son of Bellamy Road who won three Stakes events in a row last Fall including the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park — has raced only once this year for trainer Richard Violette. He ran 7th in the G2 Charles Town Classic back in March, and has not been seen in the afternoons since then. He worked this morning at Belmont, though, and it was his third move at “The Big Sandy” since that race. He went a half mile in :49.33, which was the 18th best time out of 35 to go. The 5YO may be ready for a race soon.
  4. Crosswalk, a mega-talented City Zip colt owned by W.S. Farish and trained by his long-time conditioner Neil Howard, has raced five times in his career to date, and has never been worse than second. He has 2 wins and 3 seconds to the ledger so far, but is coming off an impressive 11/4-length victory over Honorable Treasure, the highly-touted Once on Whiskey, and Cove Blue in an allowance event on Derby Day. He breezed an easy half mile in :50 flat this morning at Churchill Downs, which was the 21st best time out of 33. I caught up with my good friend, Neil Howard, a little bit later in the morning and just a few yards from the Churchill Downs main track and asked about this colt’s immediate future. It seems that he may be pointed for his first Stakes event soon — the 7-furlong Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park, on the same day as the Belmont Stakes. Keep an eye on this guy. He can really run, and it is a great thing for this trainer — one of the nicest guys to ever step foot on a racetrack.
  5. Restoring Hope, once a Derby and Triple Crown hopeful for trainer Bob Baffert this Spring, is still at Churchill Downs for the Hall of Fame trainer and he was sent to the track this morning by Assistant Trainer Jimmy Barnes. He breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00 flat, which was the bullet move out of 19 to go that far this morning. My good friend, Aaron Bacon, and I followed the colt back to the barn after the morning move, and he looked in prime condition. In his first four starts to his career, Restored Hope — a son of Giant’s Causeway, owned by Gary and Mary West — lodged a win, a second and two thirds. He ran third to Vino Rosso in the G2 Wood Memorial. On Derby Day, Restored Hope ran in the G3 Pat Day Mile, but obviously didn’t like the sloppy going and ran a disappointing 12th. Look for a return to form for this guy soon.
  6. Solomini, another stable star for Team Baffert, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The son of Curlin, who ran 10th in the Kentucky Derby while employing a new running style of dropping to the back of the pack and making one late run, had never been worse than third in six career starts before the Derby. And, what a resume. He had a third in the G1 Arkansas Derby, and a second in the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park to Magnum Moon, and had two seconds — one coming in the G1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita, and a second to Good Magic in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year. This guy is still eligible for an 1x allowance event, but looked great on his return to the barn after the work this morning, as well. Look for this one to return to form quickly soon.
  7. Paradise Woods, who ran fourth in the G2 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita on March 24 in her first and only run this year, worked this morning at “The Great Race Place” for trainer Richard Mandella. In her fifth published work since the race, the Union Rags filly went 7 furlongs in 1:24.40. She was the only horse to work that long today. This filly is a two-time Grade 1 winner, and it will be interesting if one of the game’s best conditioners can get her back to that status.
  8. Speed Freak, a 3YO son of Orb, is a personal favorite of mine, and one I have been watching for a long time now. This colt is a son of Purim’s Dancer, a Graded-Stakes placed winner that I ran in partnership with three other fellows. We sold the mare in-foal to Orb at Keeneland November several years ago, and this is the subsequent foal. Today’s work was his fifth published move since April 23. He went 5 furlongs at Los Alamitos today in a time of 1:01.40. That was the bullet move out of five to go that far. Keep an eye out for this one. He looks about ready to hit the afternoon scene soon. Go Speed Freak. I sure did love your mom.