(Bob Baffert trains Vale Dori, and will saddle her for this Saturday’s Beholder Mile / 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:

  1. Telekinesis, who ran a huge second to My Boy Jack in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in his Stakes debut, had an amazing workout at Woodbine this morning. The colt toured the all weather track surface in a blistering :45.40. That is an amazing time for this son of Curlin. Look out for this one. If that is any indication, he may be sitting on a monster performance. After all, he very well may turn out to be the “West Coast” of this 3YO crop.
  2. One Liner, a 4YO Into Mischief colt trained by Todd Pletcher, made a nice run to be second in the G3 Pimlico Special on May 18 over a sloppy track in Baltimore. It was just his third race since winning the G3 Southwest Stakes in February 2017. In six lifetime starts, he has hit the board in all of them with 4 wins. Looks like he is rounding into fine form once again. Worked this morning at Belmont Park, going a half mile in :50.87. That was 14th of 18, in a pure maintenance move. Talent not yet tapped.
  3. Pony Up, a 3YO Aikenite colt, is another from the Todd Pletcher barn who has shown signs of being a good one. He ran 5th in the G2 Holy Bull, but has since run 2nd in the G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks, 3rd in the G3 Lexington Stakes and 4th in the LARC Sir Barton on May 19 at Pimlico. The colt worked at Belmont Park this morning, going a half mile in a leisurely :51.23 in a maintenance move.
  4. Hold Her Tight, a 3YO Proud Citizen filly owned by Brereton C. Jones and trained by J. Larry Jones, worked in company with her teammate Forever at Churchill Downs this morning. The duo covered 5 furlongs in an impressive time of 1:00 flat, which was the bullet moves of the day. Hold Her Tight won two in a row after running second in the career debut in January. She most recently ran 6th in her Stakes debut in the Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs, over a wet surface. Forever is one to watch, too. She is still a maiden, but extremely well bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro.
  5. Vale Dori, a 6YO Argentina-bred mare now by Asiatic Boy, has raced only once this year, to date, finishing fifth in the G3 Adoration Stakes. It was the fist time since arriving in this country in 2016 that she has not finished at least third. And, in 12 races in the U.S., she has only done that once. In those starts, she has 7 wins — all in Stakes company. She worked today in preparation for Saturday’s G1 Beholder Mile by blowing out a brisk 3-furlongs in :35.80. That was the bullet move out of 10 to go that distance. Looks primed.
  6. Amada Rafaela, a 3YO filly by Distorted Humor trained by Bob Baffert, broke her maiden on debut at Santa Anita on KY Derby Day. She came back to post her third published work since that win today going 6 furlongs in 1:12.20. That was the bullet move out of 7 to go that far. Look out for this one. She looks the part.