A week ahead of Southern California's next Triple Crown prep race, the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), three of the top contenders were on the track at the same time March 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Tri-Bone Stables' Effinex, the probable favorite for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 12, arrived at Santa Anita Park safely from Florida early the evening of March 3.
Trainer Doug O'Neill moved up Nyquist's workout, his first since his victory in the Feb. 15 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), to March 3 anticipating and hopefully avoiding a pair of storms expected to hit Southern California.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' champion Untapable moved closer to her 5-year-old debut by working five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 over a sloppy surface the morning of March 1 at Oaklawn Park.
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder, champion older female of 2015, breezed for the first time this year March 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Star filly Lady Eli, who battled laminitis throughout the second half of 2015, recorded her first workout Feb. 29 with a three-furlong breeze at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida.
A little added competition seemed to do the trick for Mor Spirit Feb. 28 at Santa Anita Park in his first timed workout since jockey Gary Stevens had to abort a drill Feb. 23.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is generally a pretty cheerful guy, but when he brings Songbird back to the Jerry Hollendorfer barn after her workouts, his mood hits another level.
Whitmore worked a bullet half-mile in :48 1/5 Feb. 27, the gelding's first breeze since finishing second in the Feb. 15 Southwest Stakes (gr. III), while Southwest winner Suddenbreakingnews had an easy half in :51 1/5.
Smokey Image and Danzing Candy put on an unintentional preview of the March 12 San Felipe (gr. II) during their morning workouts Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Gary Stevens said he didn't know grade I winner Mor Spirit was wearing earplugs when he jumped in to work him on the fly Feb. 23. After failing to get a response on the turn, he eased the Bob Baffert trained-runner.
Zulu and Awesome Speed both worked a half-mile Feb. 21 in preparation for the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Smokey Image just seems to find trouble working recently in the mornings at Santa Anita Park, and although that might make trainer Carla Gaines uncomfortable in the moment, it may end up being a blessing in disguise.
It was more of the same for Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Medaglia d'Oro filly Songbird Feb. 21 when she cruised through a five-furlong work under Mike Smith in 1:00 4/5 at Santa Anita Park.
Sheer Drama, Harold Queen's multiple grade I-winning homebred, breezed for the first time this year Feb. 20 on the main track at Gulfstream Park in preparation for her 2016 campaign.
Both of Reddam Racing's Southern California-based Triple Crown contenders are scheduled to head out of town for their next, and likely last, preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Shadwell Stable's undefeated Mohaymen worked an easy half-mile Feb. 19 in his final work for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Smokey Image found company in the turn of his four-furlong breeze, as he and jockey Victor Espinoza moved inside of a three-furlong worker and stuck with their unexpected rival to the wire, covering the distance in :47 1/5.
In her first timed workout since the easiest of scores in the Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II), Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird covered four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Feb. 14 in :48 2/5.
After a four-furlong breeze from the gate in :49 3/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 13, trainer John Shirreffs said Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Ziconic will likely make his debut at Santa Anita Park Feb. 20.
Some of the West Coast's brightest equine stars from last year are getting back into the swing of things at Santa Anita Park.
Multiple stakes winner Discreetness worked an easy half-mile in :50 over a fast track Feb. 10 at Oaklawn Park, his final major move for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) coming up Feb. 15.
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Oaklawn Park allowance winner Whitmore will start in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 after a good workout in company the morning of Feb. 8 at the Arkansas racetrack.
Doug O'Neill wanted a swift, short breeze from Reddam Racing's Nyquist eight days ahead of his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) and that's what he got Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is back in training at Santa Anita Park and is scheduled to record his first timed workout of 2016 on Feb. 13 at the Southern California racetrack.
California Chrome recorded his first timed workout in Dubai Jan. 30, when he covered four furlongs in :48 2/5 and galloped out to six furlongs in 1:13.
Following a five-furlong workout earlier this week at Oaklawn Park, trainer Mark Casse said John Oxley's Noble Bird continues to progress toward his first major objective this year, the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II).
Smarty Jones Stakes winner Discreetness went five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Jan. 30 at Oaklawn gearing up for the Feb. 15 Southwest Stakes (gr. III). Also working toward the Southwest that morning was Whitmore.
With up to two inches of rain expected Jan. 31 in Southern California, trainer Doug O'Neill moved Nyquist's regular Sunday work up a day to Jan. 30, and the champion 2-year-old male of 2015 impressed on the track once again.
The 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned to the worktab with a four-furlong breeze in :52 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 28 and is gearing up for a 2016 racing campaign.
Conquest Stables' Tapit colt Conquest Big E took another step toward his 3-year-old debut in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull (gr. II) Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park with an easy half-mile breeze Jan. 24.
Undefeated Nyquist ran a full lap around the Santa Anita Park main track during a workout Jan. 24, but was officially given a time of 1:15 3/5 for six furlongs.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man had his first work of 2016 Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit continued to work toward his 3-year-old debut Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park with a six-furlong workout under regular jockey Gary Stevens.
Shadwell Stable's undefeated multiple graded-stakes winner Mohaymen signaled his readiness for the Jan. 30 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park with a sharp final work Jan.21.
Nyquist, the morning after securing the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male of 2015, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Jan. 17 in 1:00 4/5.
Multiple graded stakes winner Sarah Sis will make her 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23 at Oaklawn Park, according to trainer Ingrid Mason.
Unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Songbird, the overwhelming favorite to be named champion 2-year-old filly Jan. 16, worked six furlongs 1:14 2/5 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Jan. 14.
Undefeated Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked six furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Sunday morning in 1:14 flat as he prepares for his 3-year-old debut.
Undefeated Songbird worked five furlongs in a bullet :58 1/5 Jan. 8 at Santa Anita Park under regular rider Mike Smith.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin returned to the worktab Jan. 8 for the first time since her Oct. 31 victory over the boys, clocking a half-mile in an easy :52 under regular rider Julien Leparoux at Palm Meadows.
After Dortmund's third workout following his victory in the Native Diver Stakes (gr. III), trainer Bob Baffert said a run in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park is no longer an option.
Immediately after California Chrome's final workout in preparation for the San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), trainer Art Sherman stayed quiet, but his eyes widened in excitement.
After a bullet workout Dec. 28, trainer Bob Baffert still wants to see one more work before deciding whether to run Kaleem Shah's Dortmund against California Chrome in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II).
Undefeated Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Nyquist worked four furlongs on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Dec. 27 in preparation for his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
California Chrome's workout Dec. 27 at Los Alamitos Race Course looked a lot like his drills of old, with the track empty as he stepped onto the dirt surface, but it also had a touch of something new.
Stretching out for the first time since returning to trainer Art Sherman's barn in October, California Chrome breezed six furlongs Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Horse of the Year California Chrome is "preparing himself really well" for a comeback, according to trainer Art Sherman after the Lucky Pulpit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos.
California Chrome continued training toward his scheduled return in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 9 with a half-mile breeze in :48 2/5 Nov. 28 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Mongolian Stables' Mongolian Saturday breezed a half-mile clockwise over Gulfstream Park's main track Nov. 27 in anticipation of his next assignment in the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I).
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