Every day, we search the work tabs all over the country to see if there are horses that have made a morning appearance that may be noteworthy.  Some of these horses you may already know.  Some, you may not know, but may want to watch going forward.  We trek horses that we think may be trending the right way.

Here is a look at today’s work tab:

  1. Battle of Midway, the highly touted third place finisher of this year’s Kentucky Derby, was back on the track at Del Mar, working 5Fs in 1:03.40 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.  It was 21st out of 23 working that distance and simply a maintenance effort. After a ruckus up front with Timeline and Irish War Cry in the G1 Haskell, Battle of Midway pitched it in and faded to the rear.  It will be interesting to see where this one shows up next. But don’t be dismayed. This one has talent. He’s just like a lot of other 3YO colts this year — a bit inconsistent.
  2. Untapped, a very talented Tapit filly who is trained by Steve Asmussen, made her second serious work on the comeback trail this morning when she went a half mile in a rather pedestrian 52:80 breezing. It was the slowest time out of 30 clocked at that distance at Churchill Downs this morning.  She is still several works away from a start, which may not happen until November in Louisville.
  3. Tap of War, is a 3YO War Front filly who was tough on the dirt early in her career before being swamped out of the boat in the G3 Honeybee Stakes this spring at Oaklawn Park by It Tiz Well (a real good one). Finally, trainer Kelly Von Hemel, got her on the grass at Keeneland, and she was poised to make a huge move, and just stopped completely. She has been away since April 7, but registered her first published workout today at Churchill Downs, going 3Fs in 37:40 breezing, which was third best out of 6.  Look out for this one.  Should could be the real deal.
  4. McCraken, the winner of the Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs before nearly pulling off the victory in the G1 Haskell Invitational, put in another serious work on Wednesday for his next out — the G1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The son of Ghostzapper, trained expertly by Ian Wilkes, covered 6F in 1:16.23 breezing.  The only one to cover that amount of ground on the dirt training track at The Spa.