Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Seeking the Soul, Zing Zang, Midnight Bisou, Hence

(Seeking the Soul before the 2017 Clark Handicap / 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:

  1. Zing Zang, one of trainer Steve Asmussen’s aspiring hopefuls on the Triple Crown trail earlier this spring and a son of Tapit, worked this morning at Belmont Park for the barn of the HOF conditioner.  The well-bred colt, who has just one MSW win to his credit, breezed a half mile in an easy :51.12. That was the 15th best time out of 17 to go that distance today, but it was purely a maintenance move. The colt’s last appearance in the afternoon came on June 9 at Belmont, when he ran third in a 11/16-mile allowance race. He has beaten less than 11/2 lengths, though, and was closing from 10th. An improvement, for sure, after his 5th in the G3 Peter Pan; his 9th in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes; his 6th in the G2 Rebel Stakes; his 5th in the G3 Southwest Stakes; and his 4th in the G3 LeComte Stakes. He may be getting some confidence back.
  2. Nola Win, a 3YO Elusive Quality colt trained by Dallas Stewart, has raced three times in his brief career to date. In each race, he has finished second in a MSW event. The first time, back in November of 2017 and at Churchill Downs, he ran second to the highly touted New York Central. The second time out, in January of this year at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, he ran second to the highly respected Fascilitator, and was beaten just a neck. The third time came in February, and he lost to Telekinesis — who ran a game second to My Boy Jack in the G3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and just won a Stakes event at Woodbine. Wow. Tough company. Maybe the best 3YO colt to have raced three seconds in the world. He got his third published work since June 4 this morning at Churchill Downs, breezing a bullet 3 furlongs in :35.80. That was the best of 12. Watch out for this one. He is due.
  3. Crosswalk, a nice 3YO colt by City Zip and trained by Neil Howard, has raced six times to date with 2 wins and 4 seconds. He ran second in an allowance race on May 31, over a wet track here and going a mile. At one time, he was being considered for the Met Mile, but his wonderful conditioner thinks he may be best suited at a pure sprinting distance. This one worked this morning, going a half-mile in :48.20. That was the 4th best time out of 41 to go that far. This one can run. Period.
  4. Seeking the Soul, whose only race since he won the G1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs last November was a 5th place finish to the great Gun Runner in the Pegasus World Cup way back in January, was back on the track at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Dallas Stewart. The 5YO Perfect Soul colt got his 5th published work since May 20 today by going a half mile in :49 flat. That was 14th best of 41. Watch for his return soon.
  5. Sir Truebadour, a highly talented 2YO colt by More Than Ready, was back at Churchill Downs and working this morning after running fourth in the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8. That was just his second career outing and he probably gained a lot of experience and training in his first try against winners. This morning trainer Steve Asmussen sent him to the track where he breezed an easy half mile in :52 flat. That was 39th out of the 41.
  6. Hence, a 4YO colt by Street Boss and one of the “hot horses” before the 2017 Kentucky Derby before his 11th place finish, was back on the track doing some work at Churchill Downs for Asmussen & Crew this morn. He breezed 6 furlongs in 1:12 flat, and that was the bullet move out of 2 to go that far. For far this year, the winner of the G3 Iowa Derby last July has run twice. He was fourth in an allowance at Oaklawn Park before finishing 7th in the G2 Alysheba Stakes in Louisville on KY Oaks Day. Hoping for his return to glory soon.
  7. Midnight Bisou, who was left behind at Churchill Downs after her third place finish to the great Monomoy Girl in the KY Oaks, worked his morning under the grand Twin Spires for her new barn connections. She went 6 furlongs, as well, and went in 1:12 flat, too. Before the KY Oaks, this daughter of Midnight Lute had won three Graded Stakes events in a row at Santa Anita, including the Santa Anita Oaks. Look for her return to the races soon.

We’re looking at it with Seeking the Soul right now. It was his (owner Charles Fipke) decision. He wants to run Seeking the Soul, so that’s what we’re doing. We think he’s got a big shot. A lot of things went into (Fipke’s) decision, and his final decision was just to run one (rather than the mare Forever Unbridled, who won this year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff). And John Velazquez was very happy to have Seeking the Soul, as I understand, running in the race. He wants to ride him. He likes the horse. I think that was probably a big selling factor.

Trainer Dallas Steward, after Seeking the Soul worked at The Fair Grounds
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