(Steve Asmussen, the trainer of Reride / 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:
- Bucchero, a 6YO horse by Kantharos and trained by Tim Glyshaw, is coming off a third place finish in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint on KY Oaks Day and a sold second in the G2 Shakertown at Keeneland. In three starts this year, he has two thirds and a second — all in Stakes company. He worked a half mile over the Churchill Downs turf course today, going the distance in :49.20 — which was the only one to cover that distance over the surface. A trier every time. Every time. And, since Deerfield Farm and I have an Indiana-bred now, we have to root for the home team, right?
- Hence, who ran 11th in the 2017 KY Derby and later went on to win the G3 Iowa Derby, has not had much luck this year so far. He ran 4th in an allowance at Oaklawn Park on March 23 to begin the year, and followed that up with an uninspiring 7th in the G2 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill on KY Oaks Day. Don’t fret for long, though. Steve Asmussen has a way of figuring them out. He worked at Churchill Downs this morning, going 4 furlongs in :50.40 — which was 17th of 20.
- Midnight Bisou, third behind the grand Monomoy Girl in the KY Oaks and a three time Graded Stakes winner at Santa Anita already this year, worked for her new training connections at Churchill Downs this morning. The daughter of Midnight Lute covered a half mile in :48.40, which was third best out of 20 to go that far. Watch out for this one when she returns to the afternoons. She may run the paint right off the rail. That’s my guess.
- Reride, a 3YO Candy Ride colt trained by Steve Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, has not run since his third in the UAE Derby back in March. That trip can take a lot out of a young race horse, for sure. But he looks like he may be headed back into action here in the States soon. He went 5 furlongs over the Churchill Downs turf course this morning in 1:02 flat. That was the second best time out of 5 to go. Interesting move. This guy was impressive in winning the Mine That Bird Stakes at Sunland Park, and the horse he beat that day came right back to win the Sunland Derby. This guy has game.
- Tap Daddy, who ran away with a nice pick-up win in the James W. Murphy Stakes when it was moved off the turf into the mudpie at Pimlico on Preakness Day, worked the same distance and course as his stable buddy above this morning, too. This son of Scat Daddy, also owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, went the same time as his roommate.