(McCraken winning the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs / 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. Pure Sensation, a 7YO gelding by Zensational and trained by Christophe Clement, was back on the training track at Belmont Park this morning. The roan has started in each of the last three Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprints, with his best finish coming in 2016 at Santa Anita when he was third. Today, Pure Sensation worked 3-furlongs over the dirt track in :36.65, which was the second best time out of 12 to go that far. He made his 2018 debut at GP on April 13, running a game second. That was his first start since running 5th in the BC Turf Sprint at Del Mar last November. Good tidings to this old warrior.
  2. Masked, a 3YO Data Link colt trained by Bob Baffert, just ran third in the William Walker Stakes at Churchill Downs on April 28 — the opening night of the meet. In his previous two starts, he had won each at Santa Anita back in February. He is at Belmont Park, where he worked 5 furlongs this morning in a time of 1:01.76 — which was the second best move out of 5 to go that distance. Keep an eye on this one, owned by Abdullah Said Almaddah.
  3. Diversify, a 5YO Bellamy Road gelding bred in New York, worked this morning at Belmont Park for trainer Richard Violette, Jr. This guy ripped off three impressive wins in a row last Fall — including a victory in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. But he finished the year with a 4th in the G1 Clark at Churchill Downs and started the 2018 season with a disappointing 7th in the G2 Charles Town Classic. Today, he looked mighty impressive. He breezed 5 furlongs at the “Big Sandy” in a brisk time of :59.99 — which was the bullet move of the 5 to go that distance today.
  4. Crosswalk, an impressive son of City Zip owned by W.S. Farish and trained by Neil Howard, has never been worse than second in five lifetime starts. He has a couple of wins to his credit, including an inspiring victory at Churchill Downs on May 5 in an allowance event. Do not be surprised if this guy jumps into the Stakes ranks soon. He breezed at Churchill Downs this morning going a half mile in a maintenance time of :50.40. That was 21st of 27.
  5. McCraken, an impressive winner on Derby Day in his 2018 debut for trainer Ian Wilkes, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. He went an easy half mile in :51.20, which was 22nd best. This son of Ghostzapper appeared to love the 1-mile distance that he roared in a couple of weeks ago, and he may be a major factor at that distance this year. I would keep an eye open for his return to the Stakes ranks soon.
  6. Hint of Mint, who was scratched out of a race just a few days ago and is still waiting to make his 2018 debut, got in an impressive work for trainer Wayne Catalano this morning. This daughter of More Than Ready ripped 5 furlongs in :58.80, which was the bullet move out of 31 to go that distance. This gal has a win and a third in three lifetime starts and is full of raw talent. Watch for her return to the races in the afternoon soon.
  7. Seven Trumpets, a 3YO colt by Morning Line and trained by Dale Romans, got some work in this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. This one looked to be sitting on a huge year when he won two in a row at Churchill to finish the 2017 campaign and started 2018 with a tough-beat second in the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. Since then, though, he has run 7th in the G3 Southwest Stakes; 4th in the G3 Sunland Stakes; and 5th in the G3 Lexington Stakes. He looked more like his old self this morning, though, breezing 5 furlongs in a brisk :59.80. That was the third best time out of the 31 to go.