Every day, we will be scanning the workouts all over the country to see if there may be a published exercise move that could be important to you and your handicapping of future races.  Some times, we will highlight a horse that is probably well known to you.  Some times, though, we may pinpoint a horse that you may not be familiar with today, but should be interested in the future.

Here is today’s edition of our look at “The Works:”

  1. Big Bend is a 3YO colt by Union Rags who was purchased by Union Rags Racing for $105,000 as a yearling and is now trained by Tom Proctor.  He worked this morning at Fair Hill, going 5F in 1:01.80 over the “all weather surface,” which was 5th best out of 8 horses working that distance over the surface.  He won his last start, an Optional Claiming Event, going 11/2 miles over the grass course at Delaware Park for an impressive 4 lengths.  Proctor may have discovered the key to this one is to stretch him out and go as long as possible.  This is the second work at 5F since that win and he may show up in the entry books soon.  Keep an eye out.
  2. Keep Talking, is another well-bred 3YO colt trained by Proctor, that worked at Fair Hill today.  He went 4F in :50.20 on the turf, which was the best of 7 to try the distance.  This son of Ghostzapper is cut out to be a very good one, and he showed that last year, breaking his maiden in just his second try and then running fourth in the Sugar Bowl Stakes at The Fairgrounds against a very nice colt in Proforma.  But this one has sputtered and splattered more than splashed this year, with just two seconds to show for five starts.  He was the even money favorite in his last out, on June 19 at Delaware Park, but only managed a disappointing fifth and was beaten over 5 lengths.  Proctor has given this colt 5 works since then and he may be getting ready for a better effort.
  3. Big Gray Rocket, a 3YO son of Tapit who hasn’t been seen in the afternoons since his 4th place finish in last year’s G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, got his fifth work of the year on Monday for trainer Bob Baffert.  He went 5F in 1:00.20 over a fast dirt track, which was good enough to be the fourth best clocking out of 14 at Los Alamitos.  This one is full of run with right, and you should have in your stable mail.
  4. Abbreviate, a very nice 3YO filly by Harlan’s Holiday who is a homebred for Juddmonte Farm and trained by Chad Brown, got a nice breeze in on Monday, as well.  She covered 3F in :37.11 at Belmont Park in her first published work since she ran fourth in a MSW at Gulfstream Park back in March.  This one is on the comeback trail and probably won’t get back to the races for several more weeks, but she is worth tracking.  She ran 4th to a very nice filly in Bernadiva in her last start (beaten only a length), after having run a very game second to the eventual Graded Stakes winner Adorable Miss in her career debut at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 22.  She was beaten just a neck in that one.  If this one comes back ready to roll like she did in her first start — WATCH OUT!