(McCraken busted a serious move at Churchill Downs this morning / 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. Beach Patrol, a 5YO horse by Lemon Drop Kid and trained by Chad Brown, worked for the first time today since running a game second in his 2018 debut in the G1 Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes. Beaten by Yoshida, who has a fondness for the grass at Churchill Downs, Beach Patrol got to stretch his legs over the Belmont dirt track this morning. He went in a leisurely :49.05, which was the 34th best time out of 73 to go that far. This one should be ready, aim and fire next time out.
  2. Rushing Fall, a spectacular filly by More Than Ready and winner of her first four career starts, lost for the first time in her 2018 debut, while finishing second in the G3 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs. She was beaten that day, on May 4, by Toinette. This morning, Rushing Fall worked a half mile at Belmont Park for Chad Brown. She went the distance in a time of :47.85, which was 11th best out of 73 to go that far. She had to steady going into the first turn of that last race, and that may have compromised her enough. But look for this one to return a monster soon.
  3. Coltsandmississippi, who was scratched out of a grass Stakes event at Pimlico this weekend when the torrential rains caused the event to be moved to the dirt, worked this morning for trainer Todd Pletcher at Belmont Park. He went the half mile in :49.25 over the dirt training track, and that was good enough to be 41st of 79 to go that distance. This one is a perfect 1-for-1 on the sod, after he was moved to the new surface and after trying his hand quickly on the Triple Crown trail. Watch for this one’s next out on the grass. Could be a good one.
  4. Gidu, a 3YO colt by Frankel and trained by Todd Pletcher, has two wins and two seconds in only four career starts. He won the Columbia Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in the last effort, beating the likes of Captivating Moon and Smart Remark. Gidu worked this morning at Belmont Park, going 4 furlongs over the dirt training track in :49.26, which was 43rd best of 79.
  5. Mask, a highly touted sort by Tapit, drew the attention of the entire Thoroughbred world earlier this Spring when he showed up and showed out in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He suddenly as he was on the Triple Crown trail for trainer Chad Brown, though, he was off of it when he came out of that performance a little bit banged up. After some time off, Brown ran him off a 4-month layoff in the sloppy Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. He ran 8th, but that is no indication of this one’s talent. Watch for his return on a fast track. He can be a special one.
  6. Maraud, a 3YO by Blame and winner of the G2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on Derby Day, worked this morning at Belmont Park, as well. He went a half mile in :49.25 over the dirt training track. That was 41st best. This one now has four wins — including two Stakes victories, in just 7 starts. He is quickly developing into one of the better grass horses in the country this year.
  7. Frostmourne, a talented 4YO colt by Speightstown, is another one that was scratched out of a Stakes at Pimlico this weekend. He ran fifth in the G1 Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland in his last go, but is sure to find another Stakes event soon. He trained by Christophe Clement this morning, going 5 furlongs over the dirt track at Belmon in 1:01.12. That was the 14th best time out of 23.
  8. Tapwrit, winner of the 2017 Belmont Stakes for Pletcher, has not been seen in the afternoons since he was fourth in the G1 Travers Stakes won by West Coast last August at Saratoga. He got his seventh published workout since April 7 this morning at Belmont Park. He went 5 furlongs over the dirt training track in 1:01.55. That was the 4th best time out of 40. Look for this one to be ready to rock soon.
  9. Free Drop Billy, who ran a disappointing 16th in this year’s Kentucky Derby for trainer Dale Romans, got his first serious workout since that debacle at Churchill Downs this morning. He breezed a half mile in an impressive :47.60, which was the bullet move out of 51 to go the distance. Maybe that will wake this one up a bit, since he seemingly hasn’t been the same colt since winning the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last Fall. Here’s hoping…
  10. McCraken, a talented son of Ghostzapper who will make his next start in the Met Mile at Belmont Park, worked his morning for trainer Ian Wilkes. He was flashy, indeed, covering 5 furlongs in a brisk :58 flat. That was the bullet move out of 18 to go the distance. This one is sitting on a huge effort. And, there’s no better guy or hotter trainer in the country right now than Ian Wilkes. Watch out New York.