(Lovely Bernadette winning Valley View / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America searching for the top performers in the mornings and those Thoroughbreds that may be peaking at just the right time for a prime outing in the afternoon. Some of the horses that we track, you will know and recognize. Others, though, you may not know — yet. Here is a closer look at today’s morning glories:

  1. Nutcracker Suite, an Irish-bred 3YO filly by Fastnet Rock and trained by European great Aidan O’Brien, went over the Belmont Park dirt training track this morning, moving a half mile in a leisurely :50.85 time. That was 56th best of 77 to go, but purely a maintenance move for this one who will surely show up in a grass stakes at Aqueduct soon. She ran 1st in a handicap event at Dundalk in her last showing, back in July.  It will be interesting to see where she ends up. Keep an eye out. Rarely do these types work in N.A. after shipping here.
  2. Fascilitator, a 2YO The Factor colt trained by Steve Asmussen for the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. After scratching out of a race earlier this week, due to a far outside post position, Fascilitator went 3Fs in :38.60, which was 9th out of 9.  This one was highly touted and the ML favorite this week after having run a game second, beaten just a neck, to the highly touted Curlin’s Honor in his debut on Oct. 7.  Watch out for this one. A good one.
  3. Lovely Bernadette, who is entered to run in the G2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs on Friday, tuned up with a 3F blowout this morning under the Twin Spires. The 3YO filly went the distance in :38.20, which was 6th best of 9 to go. This daughter of Wilburn, out of a Bernstein mare, won the G3 Valley View at Keeneland in her last race and now has 3 wins and 2 thirds in 8 starts for trainer James P. DiVito this year.
  4. Curly’s Rocket, a 2YO colt by Into Mischief trained by Bob Baffert, worked a nice 5Fs this morning at Santa Anita. He went the distance in 1:00.20 handily, which was the 4th best time out of 26 to go the distance. This one ran fourth on debut, while wide throughout and racing very green.  He should improve immensely in the next out and should be a rather good odds, as well, for a Baffert horse. But keep an eye on his work mate, too. Destiny Awaits, a son of Curlin, raced 10th on debut, but worked the same distance in :59.80 this morning. Watch for both.