Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Crosswalk, Zanesville

(Neil Howard trains Crosswalk for William Farish / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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:

  1. Zanesville, a 3YO Tisnow colt trained by Tom Amoss, is coming off a disappointing 10th place finish over the hills and dales of KY Downs last time out. But before that, he ran third in both the Super Derby Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs and third in the Prairie Mile Stakes at Prairie Meadows. This guy also ran 6th behind My Boy Jack in this year’s Lexington Stakes. While he may be a smidge behind the Graded Stakes boys, he has proven to be a useful sort in the barn. He worked this morning at Churchill Downs, going 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That was the 6th fastest time out of the first 10 to make that move early on. Worth watching where he may show up next.
  2. Crosswalk, a 3YO City Zip colt who appeared he was well on his way to some promising things earlier this spring, has not hit the board since running second in an allowance event at Churchill Downs on May 31. In his first six starts, he had two wins and four seconds, and looked to be ready to break into the Stakes ranks. But he has run poorly in three in a row since that May race. Today, he looked like his old self. The sprinter ripped through 3 furlongs in :35.80, which was the second fastest time early on this morning. This one may be ready to reemerge this Fall. Worth another shot for me.
  3. Quick Entry, a 2YO son of Point of Entry, may be worth watching this Fall. This one broke his maiden in fine fiddle on Sept. 23 at Churchill Downs when he rolled to a 2-length victory in a 6.5 furlong event over the dirt. With this pedigree, he should be able to shift to the turf and go two turns in the near future for trainer Ian Wilkes. This morning, he tuned up for the next out with a half-mile breeze in :48.60. That was the 6th best of 33 to go early on. Watch out for this one. Appears to have some punch.

(Well Defined) has a ton of natural talent and I was going to take advantage of that today,” Morales explained. “I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race.

“The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride, so I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that,” Morales said. No one did, and he stretched the lead to three lengths from Knicks Go up the backstretch.

“All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running,” Morales said. “I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all, and my horse was going as comfortable as he possible could.

“I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

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