Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Oscar Nominated, New Colossus, Title Ready

(Trainer Mike Maker trains Oscar Nominated / 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. Title Ready, a 3YO son of More Than Ready who ran third in the Indiana Derby last time out, worked at Churchill Downs this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. The colt — who sports a 2-2-2 record in the first 10 career starts — went an easy half mile in :50.40. That was the 22nd best time out of 34 to go the distance. Will be interesting to see where this one is spotted next. Keep an eye out. Has ability.
  2. New Colossus, a well-bred son of Curlin and trained by J. Larry Jones, was a highly-touted 3YO ever before he got the saddle for the first time in the afternoon. All the reports were in. This was to be a good one. After running a troubled third on debut — at a distance certainly to short for him — much was expected the second time out at the Fair Grounds in February. He ran a disappointing 7th in that one, and he has been on the shelf ever since. On Sunday, the colt got his sixth published work since June 29, though, and he sparkled. He went 5 furlongs in :59.80 at Ellis Park and that was the bullet move out of 30 to go that distance. He is now entered in a MSW event on Aug. 25 at Ellis Park. You may want to watch, and wager.
  3. Our Majesty, a super-talented 4YO film by Majesticperfection and trained by Ron Moquette, looked like she got back on her game a bit in her last start at Prairie Meadows on July 27. She was a game second in an allowance race, and it was a much improved performance over her 6th in the same company at Oaklawn Park back in March. This one has three wins and three seconds in only 8 lifetime starts, but one of those seconds came in the G3 Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in 2017. She lost to Vertical Oak that day, but she beat the likes of Astrollinthepark, R Angel Katelyn, Deer Valley, and Nonna Bella. In other words, she has some run to her. Today, she worked at the Churchill Downs Training Facility over off Popular Level Road and went an easy half mile in :50.80. That was the 7th best time of 8 to go the distance. Eight days ago, she blistered the same distance in :47.80, which was the bullet move of the day. Sitting on go.
  4. Oscar Nominated, a 5YO Kitten’s Joy ridgling trained by Mike Maker, ran sixth in the G1 United Nations Stakes at Belmont Park on July 30 in his last race. Before that, though, he was a game second in the G2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland. In 27 lifetime tries, he has a record of 6-8-2 and has totaled nearly $1.5 million in earnings. This morning, he worked at the Churchill Downs training facility, as well. He went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the 5th best time out of 15 to go the distance. Should be ready to fire at KY Downs soon. Won the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup there last year.

We were second best today. I wouldn’t change anything. I have no complaints and unfortunately, we were second best today. He felt great, perfect. He felt good, and did everything the right way. He broke well out of the gate and unfortunately we were running against the best horse in the country. I told Mick that it was a very good race. The best horses in the country showed up today and gave a great performance. This was Justify’s game plan and it suited him, his ability to be able to go to the lead. I had to try and catch him today. I think it will be interesting in the Derby because I think there will be more speed, it will be interesting. It will suit my horse, he’ll be able to sit off that faster pace but I’m still very satisfied with today and my horse’s performance. It was emotional turning for home because I’m trying to catch the best horse in the country and I’m thinking, ‘I’m happy. I’m very pleased.’ Justify has the ability to go to the lead, has a lot of speed and he took it easily today.”

Javier Castellano, Rider of the runner-up Bolt d’Oro in the Santa Anita Derby
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