(Tenfold at Churchill Downs this spring / Photo by Gene McLean)
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:
- Tamit, a 4YO Irish-bred filly by Fastnet Rock and trained by Mark Casse, has been left in Kentucky at the Churchill Downs’ training center and she took a tour of that facility’s dirt track this morning. The filly — who has only one win in 9 career starts to date, but has 3 seconds and a third to boost her credentials — has run back to back seconds this year for Team Casse since running 8th in the G2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Today, she breezed a very nice half mile in :48.80 — which was one of the top works of the day over the track. Keep an eye on this one, who just may pop up at “Saratoga South.” Better known as Ellis Park.
- Pink Sands, a 3YO Tapit filly trained by Shug McGaughey for owners Gainsay Stables and Andrew Rosen, just may be one that you would like to put in your “Virtual Stable” over with the good people at Equibase. This filly has not started this year after posting two consecutive seconds at Belmont Park and two other fourth place finishes at Saratoga and Aqueduct in 2017. But she got her third straight work over the Fair Hill training tracks this morning, going a half mile in :49.80. This morning’s work was over the all weather training track, whereas the first two were over the dirt. Looks like this one may be working her way back to you. And, she has some real talent. Now on my “Horses to Watch” list.
- Hawksmoor, a multiple Graded Stakes winner trained by Arnaud Delacour, got to stretch her legs at Fair Hill this morning, as well. This 5YO mare by the Irish stallion Azamour has raced 18 times in her career to date and has put up an impressive record of 5-3-5 and earned over $865,000 in purses. She has raced only twice this year, so far, and has a second in the Dahlia Stakes at Laurel, before running fifth as the even money favorite in the G1 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita. She stumbled badly at the start of that one and never got into the race, though. This morn, the mare went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat at Fair Hill over the all weather training track. Look for this one to pop up on the grass at Saratoga? My guess.
- Bano Sano, an impressive winner in his lone start to date, worked at Saratoga this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. This son of Goldencents, who cost $400,000 at the OBS 2YO In-Training Sale this March and was purchased by the Winchell Thoroughbreds, went an easy 3 furlongs in :38.39. That was the 6th best time out of 14 to go early today. This one bears watching. And, perhaps, wagering. He broke on top early and ran off to a 3-length victory despite being geared down nearing the wire in his only start on June 23. Talent.
- Minit to Stardom, who just may be one of the best Louisiana-breds ever, got a work in at Saratoga this morning for trainer Al Stall, Jr. The 3YO daughter of Star Guitar, who is a perfect 3-for-3 so far and truly has never been challenged, is coming off an impressive win in an allowance event at Churchill Downs on May 27 in her only start this year. Obviously, that was against Open Company, and this one looks to have a gear that few have. She won the last start by 61/4 over the hard-knocking filly Upset Brewing, who is already Stakes-placed.
- Switzerland, a 4YO colt by Speightstown and undefeated 4-for-4 after being switched over to the barn of Steve Asmussen, worked at Saratoga this morning, as well. He breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.15, and that was the bullet move early on this a.m. This one has not run since winning the G3 Maryland Sprint Stakes over the mud at Pimlico on Preakness weekend. But he has turned the corner, for sure, and may now be headed towards becoming one of the best sprinters in the country. Watch for this one at The Spa.
- Tenfold, the talented 3YO colt who put a scare into Triple Crown winner Justify in the late running of this year’s Preakness Stakes, worked this morning at Saratoga, too. He went 5 furlongs in 1:00.88, which was the second best move out of 5 to go that distance early on. It was the third work in a row since he ran fifth in the Belmont Stakes in early June. And, this was his best early move of that bunch. Surely, he will show up in one of the major 3YO Stakes at Saratoga this meet, and maybe a couple. The Jim Dandy and the Travers could be on the horizon.
- Zing Zang, a 3YO Tapit colt who ran third in an allowance at Belmont Park on June 9 as well, worked in company with Tenfold. The two mirrored each other at the wire. This one was jumped out of a MSW win in December right into the Triple Crown Road fray this year. He ran fourth in the G3 LeComte; fifth in the G3 Southwest Stakes; sixth in the G2 Rebel Stakes; ninth in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes; and then fifth in the G3 Peter Pan. He closed from last to finish third in the allowance at Belmont in the last effort, and was beaten less than 11/2 lengths for it all. If he can find his way into another allowance event, he may be tough to handle.