Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Midnight Bisou, Campaign, Switzerland, Tap Gun

(Asmussen has Campaign ready for the G3 Sycamore on Thursday / 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. Hierarchy, a 3YO son of Point of Entry trained by Shug McGaughey for the Phipps Stable, is a youngster worth watching. In three previous starts this year, he has a second, a third and a fourth. But he is getting better each time out. On Sept. 23, he ran second to Frontier Market by less than 2 lengths in a 1 mile event over the turf at Belmont Park. The winner is a Lemon Drop Kid trained by Chad Brown. This morning, Hierarchy worked a half mile over the Belmont dirt track in :48.79. That was the 4th best time out of 9 to go the distance. May keep an eye on this one. About ready to cook.
  2. Tap Gun, a 3YO Tapit filly who has won two in a row for trainer Tom Amoss, was back in training at Churchill Downs this morning. She breezed a nice half-mile in :48 flat, which was the 3rd fastest time out of 42 to go the distance. It may take the Tapit’s a few races to get the hang of things, but once they learn? Watch out. This one may fit that category. On the up tick here.
  3. Hot Springs, a 3YO Uncle Mo colt trained by Steve Amussen for the Woodford Racing LLC, worked at Churchill Downs this morning, as well. He went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20, which was the 2nd fastest time out of 50 to go that far. This guy has run six times this year, with 3 wins and a second. Won the Jefferson Cup Stakes over Discovered and Captivating Moon last time out. That was going 11/18 miles over the sod. Watch out for this one. Getting real good.
  4. Midnight Bisou, who was elevated to victory in the G1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx last time out, worked at Churchill Downs today in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The Midnight Lute filly — who has a resume of 5-3-2 in 10 lifetime starts — went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20. That, too, was the 2nd fastest work of the day. She is at the top of her game right now. Will she be on BC Day? Maybe the best race of the 2 days.
  5. Switzerland, a 4YO son of Speightstown and trained by Asmussen, worked under the Twin Spires this morning. The colt, who is 5-for-6 since being switched from Chad Brown to Asmussen by Woodford Racing, went 5 furlongs in 1:02.20. That was 25th of 50. Switzerland is becoming one of the better sprinters around, and may be ready to step it up a bit in the next outing. We will be watching.
  6. Campaign, another one of Woodford Racing’s top runners of late, worked at Keeneland this morning for the Asmussen barn. The Curlin colt, who won two races within a week in early September, went an easy half mile today in Lexington in :51.60. That was 6th of 6 to go the distance, but it was a simple blowout for his upcoming race on Thursday. He is entered in the G3 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland. Watch out for this one. Gotten good. Real fast.
  7. Bal Harbour, a talented son of First Samurai and trained by Todd Pletcher, worked at Keeneland this morning, as well. This one, who won the Sapling Stakes and the Smooth Air Stakes as a 2YO last year and then ran second to the highly-regarded Mask in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes early this year, went a half mile in an easy :49.60. That was the third best time out of 6. He was entered to run last week, but was scratched out of a race that saw the return of Dak Attack. This one is ready for his return, too, by the looks of things.

(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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