(Monomer Girl heading to the starting gate for the Kentucky Oaks / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

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. Seeking the Soul, a 5YO horse by Perfect Soul and trained by Dallas Stewart, was back on the Churchill Downs main track this morning for some leg stretching. This one, who won the G1 Clark Handicap here last November and then ran 5th to the great Gun Runner in the G1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational in his last start, went 3 furlongs in :37 flat. It was his first published work since the race at Gulfstream Park. It will be awhile, but the cranking back up has begun.
  2. Arklow, a 4YO colt by Arch who won the G2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs last May, has come back this year to win an allowance; run second in the G2 Muniz Memorial Handicap at the Fair Grounds, and run a game fourth in the G1 Old Forester Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. He worked this morning for Brad Cox at the Downs.  He went a half mile in an easy :49.40, which was the 4th best time out of 7 to go that far.
  3. Mr. Misunderstood, another one of Cox’s talented runners, was out for some exercise this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. This son of Archarcharch covered the same half-mile distance in :49.60 on the turf course. So far, in 2018, Mr. Misunderstood is winless, but he did have a second in the G3 Fair Grounds Hanciap and a fourth in the Muniz Memorial. Better things to come for this one, who loves the grass course in Louisville.
  4. Awesome Slew, a 5YO Awesome Again colt trained by Mark Casse for Live Oak Plantation, has a second in the G1 Carter Handicap and a third in the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes so far this year. He breezed at Churchill Downs this morning, and he looked awesome in doing it. He covered a half mile over the dirt track in :47 flat — which was the second best time out of 57 to go that far. Watch out for this one’s return. Looks ready now.
  5. King Zachary, a mega-talented son of Curlin trained by Dale Romans, was awesome looking in winning an allowance event at Churchill Downs on May 5 in his last start. Over the last three races, he has two wins and a tough 6th place finish in the G2 Wood Memorial — a race he probably wasn’t experienced enough to win at that time. Look out for this one. He could be any kind of good. He breezed a half mile in :47.80 this morning, and it was as easy as it comes.
  6. Monomoy Girl, winner of the Kentucky Oaks in her last start, was back on the training schedule today. The beautiful Tapizar filly breezed an easy half mile in :48.80 for Brad Cox and connections. That was 25th of 57 to go the distance. What a filly, who has 6 wins and a second in 7 lifetime starts. What’s next?
  7. Bee Jersey, a winner of three races in a row in impressive fashion for trainer Steve Asmussen, trained at Churchill Downs this morning. The son of Jersey Town covered 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 — which was 10th best of 23 to go the distance. This one captured the Steve Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park in the last try by 51/2 lengths. Improving type who could jump off the page.
  8. Combatant, a troubled 18th in the Kentucky Derby for the Asmussen barn, was back at work this morning, too. The son of Scat Daddy breezed 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 over the Churchill main track. That was 15th best of the 23 to go. Look for this one to regroup and come back strong. He is a talented sort that reminds you a bit on Untrapped, from a year ago.