Labor register for Monday, September 20: binoculars by my standards, Flagstaff, Jolie Olimpica and others

(Flagstaff / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

We look again at the daily training schedule from across the country. Every day (some days?) We comb through the work registers on racetracks across the country. We are looking for workouts that could be interesting and helpful for you – both as a racing fan and as a handicapper. You will know some of the horses we’ll be chasing. You may not know some of them – until now.

We’re back … Take a look:

  1. The club, a 2 year old daughter of Union Rags and trained by Christophe Clement, might be one you would want to follow. This woman, who sold a rather modest $ 170,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, is off to an impressive start to her racing career. After two seconds, she broke her maiden voyage for the last time in Saratoga. Came from a nice stalking position to place her neck in front of the tightrope on the 5.5 foot sprint across the lawn. The mother of this is Glory, who was placed several times in Graded Stakes and is by Tapit. In 2016 she finished second in the G2 Santa Ana Stakes. The second mother, Ki Maniere, hadn’t ridden, but from Sadler’s Wells. The third mother is Dress to Thrill, an Ireland-bred and multiple Graded Stakes winner. Wow pedigree here. The club was working at Belmont Park this morning. Went 4 stages on the main dirt road in: 48.77. That was the twelfth best out of 28. On my list.
  2. By my standards a 5YO son by Goldencents and trained by W. Bret Calhoun, was working at Churchill Downs this morning. The multiple winner of the Graded Stakes – who finished 5th in the G1 Whitney Stakes last time and after a terrible stumble at the start – went 1: 02.60 in 5 stadiums. That was a nice maintenance move and 4th out of 4 to go the route. Just 9 days earlier, he flashed 5 stages in: 58.60 – that was the bullet time of 34 to go that day. So far this year he has achieved one win and a second in 3 starts. Look forward to getting it back on its feet soon. Great horse. Great trainer.
  3. Mega city, a 6 year old son of City Zip and trained by Michael Tomlinson, was working at Churchill Downs this morning in final preparation for the Remington Green Stakes coming up this Saturday. This event is overturned in Oklahoma. Beware of a five meter breeze over the main dirt in Louisville this morning. Covered the distance in an impressive: 59.20. That was the bullet move from 4th. Last time it was 4th in the Buckland Stakes at Colonial Downs. Time before? Won an allowance at Belmont Park. In 21 attempts, Megacity has now set a 4-3-2 record and earned over $ 205,000. Joe Rocco got the call.
  4. Flagpole, a 7 year old son from Speightstown and one of the better sprinters in the world these days, was working at Santa Anita this morning. Went 4 stages on the main dirt road in: 48.60. That was the fourth best time out of 32 to measure the distance. This year Flagstaff has driven 6 times. Has 2 wins, a second and 2 thirds, and now has over $ 1.035 million in career profit for Trainer John Sadler. Last time, 3rd in the G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes. Before that, 2nd in G2 True North in Belmont Park. And before? KY Derby Day G1 Churchill Downs Stakes Winner – defeated Lexitonian and Whitmore. Bango was 6th in it.
  5. Jolie Olimpica, a 5YO mare by Drosselmeyer and trained by Josie Carroll, worked at Woodbine this morning. This multiple winner of the Graded Stakes – who was 6th in the G2 King Edward Stakes last time – walked the AW surface in a quick time of: 48 fl 4 stages. That was the third best of 13 times to get that far. Two races back, this won the G2 Nassau Stakes in Woodbine. That was the first race in four months after finishing third in the G3 San Simeon Stakes in Santa Anita. Class act here. Look for the next outing. It could be tough.

Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sports journalist and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky. The President and Editor of The Pressbox, McLean sets the vision for the site and still finds time to hinder races, interview coaches and staying on the cutting edge of the industry, More About Gene.

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