Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America in search of Thoroughbreds that are preparing for a big performance in the afternoons. Some of the horses that we are watching, you will know and recognize their names. Some of the others, you will not — yet.  Here is a closer look at today’s list:

  1. Aquamarine, a lightning fast but headstrong 3YO colt by Gemologist, was back on the track at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning, breezing an impressive half-mile in a very quick :47.20 over a fast dirt track. It was the second best time out of 23 to go the distance. This one has had an up-and-down roller coaster year, even though he has been much better since arriving back in the Midwest and turned over to the barn of D. Wayne Lukas. He ran a very nice second this spring to Recruiting Ready in the Chick Lang at Pimlico and he was a good fourth to Coal Front, American Pastime and Petrov in the G3 Gallant Bob at Parx.  At the same time, he was awful at Saratoga, when he ran off in the post parade and DNF in the G2 Amersterdam; was a lousy 6th going too far in the G3 Matt Winn and was a disappointing 5th in an allowance at Keeneland in his last out in October.  In the middle of all of that, he was RNA’d at the Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale in Lexington back in July.  So, what can you expect? The unexpected.  This one has talented, as demonstrated today.  Can he turn it loose in the afternoon? We shall see.

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