(Shug McGaughey, sitting in his golf cart at Saratoga this summer, trains Inspector Lynley / Photo by Steve Higginbothom)
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:
- Inspector Lynley, now a 5YO horse by Lemon Drop Kid and trained by HOFer Shug McGaughey, worked this morning up at Belmont Park in New York. This year, the horse has run 6 times with a record of 1-2-2. The last time out, he ran third in the G2 Knickerbocker Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 8. Before that, he ran 4th in the G2 Bernard Baruch — which was the only time he missed the board this year. Back in June, he was second in the G2 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs. This traveller worked this morning, going a half-mile in :48.77 over the dirt track. That was the 2nd fastest time out of the first 5 to make the distance. Steady one, here, who simply loves the sod. His mom, by Maria’s Mon, was a multiple Graded Stakes winner, and earned over $554,000. She won the G3 Noble Damsel Handicap, the G3 Beauty Handicap, the G3 Cardinal Handicap, and the G3 Athenia Handicap. His second dam was Graded Stakes placed and earned over $258,000, and was by Seeking the Gold. His third dam was a Graded Stakes winner by Deputy Minister. What are we waiting for here guys? This one has stallion prospect written all over him.
- Bano Solo, a 2YO colt by Goldencents and trained by Steve Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Thursday. Went a leisurely half mile in :53.20. That was the last time out of 43 to go that distance. It was his first published work, though, since he ran 4th in the G3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga on July 21. The one won the debut effort at Churchill Downs on June 23. Look for this one to come back the first part of 2019. Has talent.
- Rotation is a 2YO son of Tapit that you may want to keep your eyes peeled out for and on, as well. This one has run only once to date, finishing fifth in the debut effort at KY Downs in September. (A track that his owner now owns, as well. Fun fact.) That is a very difficult course to win over when you are making your inaugural start, and he made a very nice run to be third before tiring coming up the final hill to the finish line. The winner that day, Salvator Mundi, could be OK. Rotation worked at the Fair Grounds on Thursday, as well, for trainer Steve Asmussen and went 5 furlongs in 1:01.80. That was the fourth published work for this one since Nov. 10, and he could be ready sooner rather than latter. I’m playing.