Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America searching for horses that appear to be peaking for a top performance in the afternoons. Some of the horses that we track, you will know and recognize. Others, though, you may not — yet. Here is a closer look at today’s morning glories:

  1. Mojo Man, a 2YO by Stay Thirsty trained by James DiVito, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. To date, this colt has made two starts with a second at Churchill Downs at the end of October, and, then, a third at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25. In the last affair, he was beaten less than a length by One Thirty Nine, a Creative Cause colt trained by Kenny McPeek. On debut, he ran a game second to a nice Morning Line colt by the name of Seven Trumpets, who has already come back to win again. That one is trained by Dale Romans. This a.m., Mojo Man, who is soon to break his maiden, worked 5Fs in 1:02 flat, which was the second best time out of 5 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this one.
  2. Mo Shopping, a 2YO filly by Uncle Mo out of the brilliant racemare Stopshoppingmaria, worked a half mile at Palm Beach Downs this morning for trainer Todd Pletcher. Stopshoppingmaria was multiple Graded Stakes placed and was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in 2011. She finished her career with nearly $400,000 in career earnings. Mo Shopping covered her 4Fs work in :50.97, which was the best of 2 to go the distance this a.m. To date, Mo Shopping has raced only once — finishing a distant 9th — after being bet down to the PT favorite on debut. Look for better upon return, and she has 4 published works since that race, too.
  3. Spin Me a Kiss, a Hard Spun, 3YO filly who ran third in the Unzip Me Stakes before finishing 6th in the Miss Autumn Stakes on Oct. 29 at Santa Anita, was back on the track this morning at Santa Anita. She breezed a half mile in a leisurely :51.40, which was the second best time out of 4 to go. This one is trained by Phil D’Amato and should be pointed to a stakes down the hill soon after giving chase against the very talented Lull in the last go. She tired in that 1-mile try and didn’t have the punch left to finish. In the Unzip Me, down the hill, she was beaten two heads. One to watch.
  4. Malibu Treasure may be one to watch for in the near future. This 2YO filly by Malibu Moon has not overly impressed in her first two starts for trainer Ian Wilkes, who normally is very patient with his babies. But this one did run fourth to two nice ones in Queen Mum and Cosmic Burst on debut Sept. 21 at Churchill Downs, and any improvement and she will be tough in the future. She worked at Tampa Bay Downs this morning, going a half mile in :49.80, which was 14th best of 25. She may be ready to pop soon.