Work tab: Rich Strike, Hot Rod Charlie prep for Saratoga stakes

Work tab: Rich Strike, Hot Rod Charlie prep for Saratoga stakes
Photo: Ron Flatter

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike worked five furlongs at Churchill Downs Monday in 1:01.0 in preparation for the Aug. 27 Travers (G1) at Saratoga. 

Also on Monday, Hot Rod Charlie, coming off his loss by a head in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile (G3), worked at Keeneland in preparation for an expected start in the Whitney (G1) on Saturday.

Olympiad, 5-for-5 this year and also pointed to the Whitney, worked at Saratoga on Sunday.

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Here are details of Sunday and Monday workouts by graded-stakes winners.

Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) a Grade 1 winner (2021 Pennsylvania Derby) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.8 at Keeneland on Monday morning. It was the 12th fastest of 14 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going 6 furlongs at Keeneland. In his last start he placed second in the Salvator Mile (G3) going 1 mile on the main track at Monmouth Park on June 18 for trainer Doug O'Neill.

Rich Strike (Keen Ice) a Grade 1 winner (2022 Kentucky Derby) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.0 at Churchill Downs on Monday morning. It was the third fastest of six works at the distance. His previous work was six days ago going 5 furlongs at Mercury Equine Center. In his last start he placed sixth in the Belmont Stakes going 1 1/2 miles on the main track at Belmont Park on June 11 for trainer Eric R. Reed.

Plainsman (Flatter) a three-time Grade 3 winner (2022 Razorback, 2021 Ack Ack, 2018 Discovery) worked 4 furlongs in 49.8 at Churchill Downs on Monday morning. It was the 30th fastest of 45 works at the distance. His previous work was eight days ago going 4 furlongs at Churchill Downs. In his last start he placed fifth in the Hanshin going 1 mile on the main track at Churchill Downs on July 4 for trainer Brad Cox.

Kalypso (Brody's Cause) a Grade 1 winner (2021 La Brea) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.0 at Colonial Downs on Monday morning. It was the fastest of three works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Colonial Downs. In her last start she placed seventh in the Chicago (G3) going 7 furlongs on the main track at Churchill Downs on June 25 for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Soothsay (Distorted Humor) a Grade 2 winner (2021 Santa Anita Oaks) worked 5 furlongs in 59.4 at Del Mar on Monday morning. It was the second fastest of 35 works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going 7 furlongs at Del Mar. In her last start she won the Indiana Oaks (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Horseshoe Indianapolis on July 7 for trainer Richard E. Mandella.

Spendarella (Karakontie (JPN)) a Grade 2 winner (2022 Appalachian) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.8 at Fair Hill on Monday morning. It was the fifth fastest of seven works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going 5 furlongs at Fair Hill. In her last start she placed second in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes going about 1 mile on the turf at Ascot on June 17 for trainer H. Graham Motion.

Background (Khozan) a Grade 3 winner (2021 Longacres Mile H) worked 4 furlongs in 49.0 at Pegasus Thoroughbred Training Center on Monday morning. It was the third fastest of five works at the distance. His previous work was 20 days ago going 4 furlongs at Churchill Training. In his last start he placed fifth in an allowance race going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Churchill Downs on June 25 for trainer Michael Puhich.

Midnight Stroll (Not This Time) a Grade 3 winner (2022 Delaware Oaks) worked 4 furlongs in 49.8 at Saratoga on Monday morning. It was the 7th fastest of 13 works at the distance. Her previous work was 15 days ago going 3 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she won the Delaware Oaks (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Delaware Park on July 2 for trainer John Terranova.

Elm Drive (Mohaymen) a Grade 2 winner (2021 Sorrento) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.7 at Saratoga on Monday morning. It was the seventh fastest of eight works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she placed third in the Great Lady M (G2) going 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track at Los Alamitos Race Course on July 4 for trainer Philip D'Amato.

Plum Ali (First Samurai) a Grade 2 winner (2020 Miss Grillo) worked 4 furlongs in 49.6 at Belmont Park on Sunday morning. It was the 22nd fastest of 45 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 4 furlongs at Belmont Park. In her last start she placed fourth in the Nassau (G2) going 1 mile on the turf at Woodbine on July 2 for trainer Christophe Clement.

Jouster (Noble Mission (GB)) a Grade 2 winner (2021 Appalachian Presented by Japan Racing Association) worked 4 furlongs in 49.6 at Belmont Park on Sunday morning. It was the 23rd fastest of 45 works at the distance. Her previous work was nine days ago going 4 furlongs at Belmont Park. In her last start she won the Perfect Sting going 1 mile on the turf at Belmont Park on July 3 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Bizzee Channel (English Channel) a Grade 3 winner (2021 Arlington) worked 4 furlongs in 48.8 at Colonial Downs on Sunday morning. It was the 11th fastest of 28 works at the distance. This is his first work since his last race. In his last start he placed third in an allowance race going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Colonial Downs on July 19 for trainer Larry Rivelli.

Roadster (Quality Road) a Grade 1 winner (2019 Santa Anita Derby) worked 4 furlongs in 50.6 at Delaware Park on Sunday morning. It was the 15th fastest of 23 works at the distance. His previous work was 27 days ago going 4 furlongs at Delaware Park. In his last start he placed seventh in the Oaklawn Mile (G3) going 1 mile on the main track at Oaklawn Park on April 2 for trainer Michael Stidham.

Cilla (California Chrome) a Grade 2 winner (2021 Prioress) worked 4 furlongs in 50.0 at Delaware Park on Sunday morning. It was the 13th fastest of 23 works at the distance. Her previous work was 10 days ago going 4 furlongs at Delaware Park. In her last start she placed second in the Dashing Beauty going 6 furlongs on the main track at Delaware Park on July 9 for trainer Brett A. Brinkman.

Newgrange (Violence) a two-time Grade 3 winner (2022 Southwest, 2022 Sham) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.8 on turf at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the 5th fastest of 11 works at the distance. His previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Del Mar. In his last start he placed sixth in the Rebel (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 26 for trainer Bob Baffert.

Desert Dawn (Cupid) a Grade 2 winner (2022 Santa Anita Oaks) worked 5 furlongs in 59.0 at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the fastest of 91 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Del Mar. In her last start she placed third in the Summertime Oaks (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Santa Anita Park on June 12 for trainer Philip D'Amato.

Count Again (Awesome Again) a two-time Grade 1 winner (2022 Shoemaker Mile, 2022 Frank E. Kilroe Mile) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.8 on turf at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the fifth fastest of 11 works at the distance. His previous work was 13 days ago going 3 furlongs at Del Mar. In his last start he won the Shoemaker Mile (G1) going 1 mile on the turf at Santa Anita Park on May 30 for trainer Philip D'Amato.

Going to Vegas (Goldencents) a Grade 1 winner (2021 Rodeo Drive) worked 4 furlongs in 51.4 on turf at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the 14th fastest of 14 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 4 furlongs at Del Mar. In her last start she placed second in the Gamely (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Santa Anita Park on May 30 for trainer Philip D'Amato.

Edgeway (Competitive Edge) a two-time Grade 3 winner (2022 Las Flores 2021, Rancho Bernardo) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.8 at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the 21st fastest of 91 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Del Mar. In her last start she placed sixth in the Derby City Distaff (G1) going 7 furlongs on the main track at Churchill Downs on May 7 for trainer John Sadler.

Neige Blanche (FR) (Anodin (IRE)) a four-time Grade 3 winner, worked 4 furlongs in 51.2 at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the 96th fastest of 102 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 4 furlongs at Del Mar. In her last start she won the Possibly Perfect going 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Santa Anita Park on June 19 for trainer Leonard Powell.

Going Global (IRE) (Mehmas (IRE)) a Grade 1 winner (2021 Del Mar Oaks) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.8 on turf at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the fifth fastest of 11 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Del Mar. In her last start she placed third in the Gamely (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Santa Anita Park on May 30 for trainer Philip D'Amato.

Breakpoint (CHI) (Constitution) a Grade 3 winner (2022 San Juan Capistrano) worked 3 furlongs in 37.4 on turf at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the second fastest of four works at the distance. His previous work was 30 days ago going 4 furlongs at Santa Anita Park. In his last start he won the San Juan Capistrano (G3) going 1 3/4 miles on the turf at Santa Anita Park on June 19 for trainer Neil Drysdale.

Burgoo Alley (IRE) (Footstepsinthesand (GB)) a Grade 3 winner (2021 Autumn Miss) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.8 on turf at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the fifth fastest of 11 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Del Mar. In her last start she placed sixth in the Megahertz (G3) going 1 mile on the turf at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 29 for trainer Philip D'Amato.

Zoffarelli (IRE) (Zoffany (IRE)) a Grade 3 winner (2021 La Jolla H.) worked 4 furlongs in 49.4 on turf at Del Mar on Sunday morning. It was the fifth fastest of 14 works at the distance. His previous work was eight days ago going 3 furlongs at Del Mar. In his last start he placed fifth in an allowance race going 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Santa Anita Park on April 9 for trainer Jeff Mullins.

Cheermeister (Bodemeister) a two-time Grade 3 winner (2020 Herecomesthebride, 2020 Sweetest Chant) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.6 at Fair Hill on Sunday morning. It was the fastest of three works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Fair Hill. In her last start she placed second in the Perfect Sting going 1 mile on the turf at Belmont Park on July 3 for trainer Arnaud Delacour.

Alms (City Zip) a two-time Grade 3 winner (2019 Jimmy Durante, 2019 Matron) worked 4 furlongs in 48.2 at Fair Hill on Sunday morning. It was the fastest of five works at the distance. This is her first work since her last race. In her last start she placed sixth in the Big Dreyfus going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Laurel Park on July 16 for trainer Michael Stidham.

Pixelate (City Zip) a Grade 2 winner (2020 Del Mar Derby) worked 4 furlongs in 48.6 at Fair Hill on Sunday morning. It was the second fastest of five works at the distance. This is his first work since his last race. In his last start he placed third in the Prince George's County going 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Laurel Park on July 16 for trainer Michael Stidham.

Mocito Rojo (Mutadda) a two-time Grade 3 winner (2019 Lukas Classic, 2019 Texas Mile) worked 4 furlongs in 47.6 at Louisiana Downs on Sunday morning. It was the fastest of 19 works at the distance. His previous work was eight days ago going 4 furlongs at Louisiana Downs. In his last start he placed fourth in an allowance race going 1 mile on the main track at Delta Downs on Jan. 12 for trainer Shane Wilson.

Rated R Superstar (Kodiak Kowboy) a three-time Grade 3 winner (2022 Essex, 2018 Ben Ali, 2016 Carry Back) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.6 at Prairie Meadows on Sunday morning. It was the third fastest of 10 works at the distance. This is his first work since his last race. In his last start he placed sixth in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker (G3) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Prairie Meadows on July 9 for trainer Federico Villafranco.

Regal Glory (Animal Kingdom) a three-time Grade 1 winner (2022 Just a Game, 2022 Jenny Wiley, 2021 Matriarch) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.2 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the ninth fastest of 31 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she won the Just a Game (G1) going 1 mile on the turf at Belmont Park on June 11 for trainer Chad Brown.

In Good Spirits (Ghostzapper) a Grade 3 winner (2021 Mint Ladies Sprint) worked 4 furlongs in 49.7 at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 82nd fastest of 149 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she placed sixth in the Royal North (G2) going 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Woodbine on June 4 for trainer Al Stall Jr.

Peace Achieved (Declaration of War) a Grade 3 winner (2019 Bourbon) worked 4 furlongs in 48.5 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 12th fastest of 74 works at the distance. His previous work was 10 days ago going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he placed fourth in the Jonathan B. Schuster Memorial going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Horseshoe Indianapolis on July 9 for trainer Norm Casse.

City Man (Mucho Macho Man) a Grade 3 winner (2022 Forbidden Apple) worked 4 furlongs in 49.2 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 19th fastest of 74 works at the distance. This is his first work since his last race. In his last start he won the Forbidden Apple (G3) going 1 mile on the turf at Saratoga on July 15 for trainer Christophe Clement.

Stolen Holiday (War Front) a Grade 3 winner (2022 Eatontown) worked 4 furlongs in 52.1 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 63rd fastest of 74 works at the distance. Her previous work was 10 days ago going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she won the Eatontown (G3) going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Monmouth Park on June 18 for trainer Shug McGaughey.

Matareya (Pioneerof the Nile) a Grade 1 winner (2022 Acorn) worked 4 furlongs in 49.0 at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 46th fastest of 149 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she placed won the Acorn (G1) going 1 mile on the main track at Belmont Park on June 11 for trainer Brad Cox.

Classic Causeway (Giant's Causeway) a Grade 1 winner (2022 Belmont Derby Invitational) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.8 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the third fastest of 31 works at the distance. His previous work was 10 days ago going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he won the Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Belmont Park on July 9 for trainer Kenny McPeek.

Officiating (Blame) a three-time Grade 3 winner (2022 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker, 2022 Tom Fool, 2021 Mr. Prospector) worked 3 furlongs in 39.6 at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 16th fastest of 16 works at the distance. This is his first work since his last race. In his last start he placed won the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker (G3) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Prairie Meadows on July 9 for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr.

Olympiad (Speightstown) a three-time Grade 2 winner (2022 Stephen Foster, 2022 Alysheba, 2022 New Orleans Classic) worked 4 furlongs in 47.8 at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the fastest of 51 works at the distance. His previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he won the Stephen Foster (G2) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Churchill Downs on July 2 for trainer Bill Mott.

Bees and Honey (Union Rags) a Grade 3 winner (2021 Comely) worked 4 furlongs in 50.5 at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 122nd fastest of 149 works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she placed fourth in the Delaware Handicap (G2) going 1 1/4 miles on the main track at Delaware Park on July 9 for trainer Shug McGaughey.

Carribean Caper (Speightstown) a Grade 3 winner (2021 Dogwood) worked 4 furlongs in 50.4 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 44th fastest of 74 works at the distance. Her previous work was 12 days ago going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she won the Dogwood (G3) going 7 furlongs on the main track at Churchill Downs on Sept. 25 for trainer Al Stall Jr.

Virginia Joy (GER) (Soldier Hollow (GB)) a Grade 2 winner (2022 Sheepshead Bay) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.2 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the ninth fastest of 31 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 5 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she placed fourth in the New York (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Belmont Park on June 10 for trainer Chad Brown.

McKulick (GB) (Frankel (GB)) a Grade 1 winner (2022 Belmont Oaks Invitational) worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.1 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the sixth fastest of 31 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going 4 furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she won the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Belmont Park on July 9 for trainer Chad Brown.

Whisper Not (GB) (Poet's Voice (GB)) a Grade 3 winner (2021 San Francisco Mile) worked 4 furlongs in 53.6 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 73rd fastest of 74 works at the distance. His previous work was 13 days ago going 5 furlongs at Churchill Downs. In his last start he placed fourth in an allowance race going 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Santa Anita Park on June 12 for trainer George Papaprodromou.

Consumer Spending (More Than Ready) a Grade 2 winner (2022 Wonder Again) worked 4 furlongs in 49.7 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the 23rd fastest of 74 works at the distance. This is her first work since her last race. In her last start she placed third in the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Belmont Park on July 9 for trainer Chad Brown.

Stolen Base (Bodemeister) a Grade 2 winner (2022 American Turf) worked 4 furlongs in 48.1 on turf at Saratoga on Sunday morning. It was the fifth fastest of 74 works at the distance. His previous work was nine days ago going 4 furlongs at Belmont Park. In his last start he placed 12th in the Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Belmont Park on July 9 for trainer Mike Maker.

Avie's Flatter (Flatter) a Grade 3 winner (2019 Transylvania) worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.0 at Woodbine on Sunday morning. It was the 14th fastest of 41 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going 5 furlongs at Woodbine. In his last start he placed ninth in an allowance race going 7 furlongs on the synthetic at Woodbine on July 3 for trainer Josie Carroll.

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