(Principe Guilherme winning at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Coady Photography & 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:
- Bantu, a 3YO Stormy Atlantic colt trained by Brendan Walsh, may be one that you want to add to your “HTW List.” This one has four Top 3 finishes in the last five races, with three seconds and a win in the mix. Looks to be getting better with each out of late, and got another work this morning at Churchill Downs. Went a nice half mile in :48.80, which was the 4th best time out of 28 to go that distance over the dirt track. I’ll be waiting and watching for the next entry.
- Principe Guilherme, a 3YO Tapit colt looked like a world beater when he started his career last year. Won on debut at Churchill Downs last November by nearly 7 lengths. Came right back to take an allowance at the Fair Grounds by nearly 12 lengths. Being by Tapit, the world was awaiting. A small dink in the armor emerged in mid-January, though, when he ran second to Instilled Regard in the G3 LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds. It was his first time around two turns, and it was his first beat. Then came the G2 Risen Star Stakes. He was a non-threatening 7th behind Bravazo, and it was immediately to the sidelines. Today, the talented colt got his first training session from Team Asmussen since that race, worked an easy half mile at Churchill Downs in :52.20. It will be awhile, but this one is worth waiting on.
- Carter Cat, a 2YO son of Tale of the Cat and trained by Steve Asmussen, got a nice work at Saratoga on Monday morning. The colt — who has run second twice and been beaten less than a length in each — went 3 furlongs over the dirt training track in an easy :38 flat. That was the 10th best time out of 25. Watch for this one to show up on the grass. And, break his maiden. As in soon.
- Switzerland, who is an undefeated 4-for-4 after being transferred to the barn of Steve Asmussen by his owners Woodford Racing back at the turn of the New Year, worked at Saratoga on Monday, as well. The son of Speightstown — who won the G3 Maryland Sprint over a sloppy racetrack on Preakness Day in his last start in May — breezed 3/8ths in :37.99, which was the 9th best time out of the 25. That was the colt’s 8th published work since June 3 and four of them at The Spa. Should be ready.
- Reride, once a possible KY Derby contender after he won the Mine That Bird Stakes at Sunland and then was shipped to Dubai for a third behind Mendelssohn in the UAE Derby, returned to the races in late June to run 5th in the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park. He is now entered for the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga this coming Friday, and tuned up for that one with an easy half-mile work on Monday. He went the distance in :50.77, which was 45th out of the 55 to go. This one won his first two career starts and four of his first five. He has only missed the board twice in 7 career starts. I expect a return to form this week.
- Tenfold, a 3YO son of Curlin and trained by Steve Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, worked at Saratoga on Monday, as well. This one, who emerged as a rising star when third in the Preakness Stakes to the Triple Crown winner Justify, went an easy half mile in :49.55. That was 28th of 55. This one has two wins and a third in just 5 career starts, and may show up next in the Jim Dandy Stakes at The Spa. Look for improvement off his run in the Belmont Stakes. A talent.