(Picture of Constellation / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training centers all over North America searching for those horses that may be peaking at just the right time and ready for a top performance in the afternoons. Some of the horses that we watch and track, you will recognize and know. Some others, though, you may not — yet.  Here is a closer look at today’s top workouts:

  1. Intent to Strike, a 3YO Smart Strike colt owned by Sam-Son Farm of Canada, broke his maiden at Woodbine in his last start. He went 61/2 furlongs, going 4 wide at the top of the stretch, to finally prevail by a neck.  In the previous start, he ran a nice second. It appears that he may just now be figuring it all out. This one is the son of Sam-Son Farm’s Catch the Thrill, who was the Sovereign Award 2006 2YO Champion. He breezed a half mile at Tampa Bay Downs, the winter home base for trainer Malcolm Pierce, in a nifty time of :47.80, which was the fastest time out of 28 to work that distance this morning.  Keep an eye on this guy.  If he can run some, he has the pedigree to be a future star.
  2. Constellation, a 4YO Bellamy Road filly who won the G1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita last December, was back on the track this morning at the Great Race Place for trainer Bob Baffert. The filly covered 6 furlongs in 1:13.60, which was her third endurance breeze since she ran 14th in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Del Mar. Before that debacle, the filly had run four straight seconds in the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes at SA; the Grade 1 Madison at Keeneland; the Grade 2 Great Lady M Stakes at Los Alamitos; and the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo at Del Mar. In the Breeders’ Cup F&M Sprint, she drew an outside post; broke poorly; went 8 wide into the turn and then was eased and pulled up before the wire. She did walk off and has returned to work nicely for Team Baffert. Look for this one to return to the races soon. In style.