Champion Echo Zulu gears up for racing return


Last year’s champion 2-year-old filly Echo Zulu continued to work towards a return to the races on Friday, with the Dogwood Stakes (G3) or the Seneca Overnight Stakesboth later this month at Churchill Downs, among her possible targets.

The 3-year-old Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Gun Runner, a three-time Grade 1 winner, was last seen in the afternoon finishing fifth in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) behind winner Secret Oath on May 6 at Churchill Downs. That was her only loss in six career starts.

Echo Zulu was entered in the Acorn (G1) on June 11 at Belmont Park, but was scratched on the recommendation of the track veterinarian when she didn’t warm up adequately. The New York Racing Association knows Dr. David Verderosa said at the time that she was “lame in the left front,” although Asmussen later reported that X-rays found nothing wrong with the filly.

She continued her preparation for a return to the races on Friday at Saratoga, turning in a five-furlong drill in 1:00.3. It was the fastest of three works at the distance. Here last prior work was 12 days ago at Saratoga.

As a 2-year-old, Echo Zulu captured the Spinaway, the Frizette and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, all Grade 1s, en route to her juvenile filly title.

Echo Zulu was one of 21 graded stakes winners to work on Friday. To see where they may be headed next, check out the HRN Stakes Schedule

Life Is Good (Into Mischief), a three-time Grade 1 winner (2022 Whitney, 2022 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, 2021 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile), worked five furlongs in 1:00.1 at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the only work at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going five furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he won the Whitney (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 6 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Channel Maker (English Channel), a four-time Grade 1 winner, worked four furlongs in 49.9 seconds at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the 28th fastest of 51 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he placed 10th in the Resorts World Casino Sword Dancer (G1) going 1 1/2 miles on the Saratoga turf on Aug. 27 for trainer Bill Mott.

Cody’s Wish (Curlin), a Grade 1 winner (2022 Forego), worked four furlongs in 49.0 seconds at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the 10th fastest of 51 works at the distance. This was his first work since his last race, a victory in the Forego (G1) going 7 furlongs on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 27 for trainer Bill Mott.

Speaker’s Corner (Street Sense), a Grade 1 winner (2022 Carter H.), worked four furlongs in 49.4 seconds at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the 15th fastest of 51 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he placed fourth in the Pat O’Brien (G2) going 7 furlongs on the main track at Del Mar on Aug. 27 for trainer Bill Mott.

Secret Oath (Arrogate), a Grade 1 winner (2022 Kentucky Oaks), worked five furlongs in 1:01.1 at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the third fastest of three works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going five furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she placed second in the Alabama (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 20 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Art Collector (Bernardini), a Grade 1 winner (2021 Woodward), worked four furlongs in 48.1 seconds at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the fastest of 51 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he won the Charles Town Classic (G2) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races on Aug. 26 for trainer Bill Mott.

Happy Saver (Super Saver), a Grade 1 winner (2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup), worked four furlongs in 48.6 seconds at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the fifth fastest of 26 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going five furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he placed second in the Whitney (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 6 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Sir Winston (Awesome Again), a Grade 1 winner (2019 Belmont), worked three furlongs in 36.4 seconds at Woodbine on Friday morning. It was the second fastest of five works at the distance. His previous work was 29 days ago going three furlongs at the Casse Training Center. In his last start he placed 5th in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29 for trainer Mark Casse.

Bees and Honey (Union Rags), a Grade 3 winner (2021 Comely), worked four furlongs in 50.5 seconds at Belmont Park on Friday morning. It was the 23rd fastest of 32 works at the distance. It was her first work since her last race, a second-place finish in an allowance race going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Sept. 1 for trainer Shug McGaughey.

Morello (Classic Empire), a Grade 3 winner (2022 Gotham), worked five furlongs in 59.3 seconds at Belmont Park on Friday morning. It was the fastest of 11 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going five furlongs at Belmont Park. In his last start he placed sixth in the Woody Stephens (G1) going 7 furlongs on the main track at Belmont Park on June 11 for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Hot Peppers (Khozan), a Grade 3 winner (2022 Victory Ride), worked four furlongs in 48.5 seconds at Belmont Park on Friday morning. It was the 17th fastest of 84 works at the distance. It was her first work since her last race, a fourth in the Prioress (G2) going six furlongs on the main track at Saratoga on Sept. 2 for trainer Rudy R. Rodriguez.

Mira Mission (Noble Mission (GB)), a Grade 3 winner (2022 Canadian Turf), worked four furlongs in 48.2 seconds at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. It was the 10th fastest of 82 works at the distance. This was his first work since his last race, a runner-up effort in the Sword Dancer (G1) going 1 1/2 miles on the turf at Saratoga on Aug. 27 for trainer Ian Wilkes.

Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy), a Grade 2 winner (2019 Rebel), worked five furlongs in 1:01.4 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning. It was the 18th fastest of 45 works at the distance. This was his first work since his last race. In his last start he placed 11th in an allowance race going 1 mile on the turf at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 1 for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Freeport Joe (English Channel), a Grade 3 winner (2021 Berkeley H.), worked four furlongs in 49.0 seconds at Golden Gate Fields on Friday morning. It was the sixth fastest of 35 works at the distance. His previous work was 20 days ago going four furlongs at Golden Gate Fields. In his last start he placed 10th in the California Dreamin’ going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Del Mar on Aug. 6 for trainer Gloria Haley.

Cordmaker (Curlin), a Grade 3 winner (2022 General George), worked four furlongs in 49.0 seconds at Laurel Park on Friday morning. It was the fourth fastest of 17 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Laurel Park. In his last start he won the General George (G3) going seven furlongs on the main track at Laurel Park on Feb. 19 for trainer Rodney Jenkins.

Leader of the Band (Bandbox), a Grade 3 winner (2021 Monmouth Oaks), worked four furlongs in 49.6 seconds at Monmouth Park on Friday morning. It was the 11th fastest of 25 works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Monmouth Park. In her last start she captured the Summer Colony going 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Aug. 19 for trainer John Servis.

Rinaldi (Posse), a Grade 3 winner (2021 Forbidden Apple), worked four furlongs in 49.5 seconds at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the 13th fastest of 26 works at the distance. His previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Saratoga. In his last start he placed seventh in the Danger’s Hour going 1 mile on the turf at Aqueduct on April 9 for trainer H. James Bond.

Frank’s Rockette (Into Mischief), a two-time Grade 2 winner (2020 Gallant Bloom H., 2020 Prioress), worked four furlongs in 49.3 seconds at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the 11th fastest of 51 works at the distance. Her previous work was seven days ago going four furlongs at Saratoga. In her last start she captured the Misty Bennett Pink Ribbon going seven furlongs on the main track at Hollywood Casino At Charles Town Races on Aug. 26 for trainer Bill Mott.

Dynamic One (Union Rags), a Grade 2 winner (2022 Suburban), worked four furlongs in 49.0 seconds at Saratoga on Friday morning. It was the seventh fastest of 26 works at the distance. It was his first job since his last race. In his last start he placed sixth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on the main track at Saratoga on Sept. 3 for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Center Aisle (Into Mischief), a Grade 3 winner (2021 Sugar Swirl), worked five furlongs in 1:00.6 at The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky., on Friday morning. It was the fastest of 11 works at the distance. Her previous work was eight days ago going five furlongs at The Thoroughbred Center. In her last start she placed seventh in the Derby City Distaff (G1) going seven furlongs on the main track at Churchill Downs on May 7 for trainer Paulo H. Lobo.

Madonna (Vancouver (AUS)), a Grade 2 winner (2021 San Clemente), worked five furlongs in 1:00.8 at Winstar Training Center on Friday morning. It was the fastest of six works at the distance. Her previous work was six days ago going four furlongs at the training center. In her last start she placed 10th in the Buena Vista (G2) going 1 mile on the turf at Santa Anita Park on March 5 for trainer Simon Callaghan.

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