(Bob Baffert had some stars on the track at Santa Anita this morning / 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 well:
- Thunder Snow, one of the most favorite horses of my good friend Dave “Buzz” Baker and now a 4YO son of Helmet, was on the track at Belmont Park this morning for the connections of trainer Saeed bin Suroor. The colt, who has amassed a nice resume of 7 wins, 5 seconds and 2 thirds in his 19 career starts, went a half mile in :52.94 over a very muddy surface. We all know what happened at Churchill Downs on KY Derby Day of 2017, when he encountered his first muddy dirt track. Not good. That was the only time for the only horse to go over the track this morning. This one has not run since finishing 8th in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Aug. 22. Before that, though, he had won both the Dubai World Cup in March and the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2. Both of those events were held at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. He will be running this weekend.
- Tiz Mischief, a 3YO son of Into Mischief and trained by Dale Romans, was on the track at Churchill Downs this morning. This guy has not run since finishing second in the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill back in mid-June. But he had a promising 2YO season when he had a win and two seconds in four starts — including a runner-up finish in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes here. It was not a bad start to the 2018 campaign, either, when he ran third in the G2 Holy Bull Stakes back in February, losing only to Audible and Free Drop Bill. But things fell apart after that — when he ran 5th in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby, 7th in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes, and then 14th in the American Turf Stakes on Derby Day. May be headed back in the right direction after a little time off. This a.m., he got his third published work since Sept. 9, going a half mile in :49.80. That was the 29th best time out of 45. Here’s hoping he can find his former form.
- Dream Tree, a 3YO daughter of Uncle Mo and still undefeated after 5 career starts, trained at Santa Anita this morning for conditioner Bob Baffert. This one went a nice half mile in :48 flat, and that was the 2nd fastest time out of 30 to make the distance. This call returned from a 7-month layup to win the G2 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 2. Wow. Only Baffert.
- Chasing Yesterday, a half-sister to the great American Pharoah and by the world’s top sire in Tapit, worked this morning at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert. This one was so impressive on debut at Del Mar on July 28, but never ran a lick when she was shipped to Saratoga for the G1 Spinaway on Sept. 1. Now, she’s back in California and getting some more magic tutelage from the zen master. She went 5 furlongs this morning in 1:00 flat — which was the bullet move out of 37 to go the distance. And…get this…it was her first published work since that racing debacle. Wow. Only Baffert.
- Rayana, a 2YO Scat Daddy filly also trained by Baffert, worked today at “The Great Race Place,” as well. She went the same distance as her stablemate above, but stopped the clock at 1:00.20. That was the 5th fastest time. This one is a perfect 1-for-1 in race company, having broke the maiden on Sept. 3 at Del Mar. Watch for this one’s return soon.