(Steve Asmussen trains Zing Zang)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America in search of those Thoroughbreds that are prepping for their next race and appear to be ready for a prime performance. Some of the horses that we track, you will recognize immediately and know their names. Others, though, you may not know — yet. Here is a closer look at some of today’s morning glories:

  1. Hollywood Star, a 3YO colt by Malibu Moon who ran second in the G2 Saratoga Special last August and followed that up with a nice second in the G3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, has been shipped up to Fair Hill in Maryland to continue his training regiment. After running 6th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to Good Magic last Fall, he has run twice this year. He was 4th to Flameaway in the Sam F. Davis, and then was a disappointing 11th in the G3 Sunland Derby to Runaway Ghost. Today, the colt worked a half mile over the dirt track in :50 flat, which was the 3rd best time out of 5 to go the distance. It was his first published work since March.
  2. Jehozacat, a 3YO Tapit filly who won on debut last July at Laurel Park for Lael Stables but disappointed along the road to ward the Kentucky Oaks this Spring, worked at Fair Hill this morning, as well. The filly, trained by Arnaud Delacour, went 5 furlongs on the all-weather surface in a time of 1:00.60, which was the bullet move of 8 to go the distance. This one DNF the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay on March 10, and came back to run 7th in the Mizdirection Stakes at Aqueduct on April 15. She is trying to right the ship.
  3. War Chest, a well-bred 3YO son of War Front and out of the Ghostzapper mare Wine Princess, worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Shug McGaughey. This guy won on debut at Belmont Park last September, but followed that up with two straight 7th place finishes. He was put away for the winter after that and returned for his 2018 debut on April 15 at Aqueduct. Ran third in that one and was back on the work tab this morning. He breezed a half mile in :48.44, which was the 4th best time out of 33 to go that far. Keep an eye on this one. Could develop.
  4. Zing Zang, a 3YO Tapit colt trained by Steve Asmussen who was last seen running 9th in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, worked today at Belmont Park, as well. He went a half mile in an easy :49.65 over the dirt surface, and that was good enough to be 23rd of the 33 to go. After breaking his maiden at the Fair Grounds in December, Asmussen rushed this one right into the Graded Stakes group. He ran 4th in the G3 LeComte; 5th in the G3 Southwest Stakes; 6th in the G2 Rebel Stakes; and 9th in the G2 Blue Grass. Look for him to return to allowance company soon to regroup for a confidence builder.