(Shug McGaughey hands out at the Saratoga backside earlier this meet. He trains Fabulous Fun, a “Horse to Watch” from “The Pressbox.” / 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:
- Parlor, a 4YO Lonhro gelding who was last seen running fourth in the KY Downs Preview Tourist Mile Stakes on Aug. 5 at Ellis Park, was back in training this morning at Churchill Downs. He went an easy half mile in :49.80. That was 13th best of 23 to go the distance early today. If you are just wondering, this one ran at KY Downs as a 2YO. Ran second in the KY Downs Juvenile Stakes on Sept. 3, 2016. Finished a neck behind All Right in that one. Last year, he was back on the hills in Franklin. Ran another second, beaten less than a length, by Big Bend in the Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby. I would expect he would return there in a couple of weeks.
- Principe Guilherme, a 3YO Tapit colt who flashed all kinds of brilliance in his first three career starts befogging running 7th in the G2 Risen Star Stakes, continues to put in the miles in his hopeful return to the races. He got his fifth published work since July 24 this morning, gong 5 furlongs in 1:02.80. That was 12th of 19. Trainer Steve Asmussen has not yet set this one down for speed in the a.m., and he has plenty of that. Once he does, we may get a better indication when he could be back in the afternoons.
- Fabulous Fun, a 2YO colt by Distorted Humor and trained by Shug McGaughey for the Phipps Stables, may be one you want to keep an eye on in the future. This one ran 6th on debut — way, way, way behind the winner, Mucho. But this one pushed the front end for a bit before spitting the bit, and the trainer has never been known for getting his 2YO babies cranked up for 6-furlong sprints on debut. And, this one is out of the multiple, Graded Stakes winning mare Boca Grande — who is by A.P. Indy. Boca Grande won the G2 Demoiselle Stakes and the G2 Comely Stakes and also hit the board in the G1 Mother Goose, later in her career. This 2YO colt figures to be OK, if he has just a little bit of his mother and father in him.
(Perhaps more to come as the clocker’s report the times. Will post an update if something of interest pops.)