Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America, searching for the top morning performers who just may be peaking at the right time for a race in the afternoons. Some of the horses that we watch and track, you will know. Others, though, you may not know — yet. Here is a closer look at today’s top workers:

  1. Dabster, who rewarded us all very handsomely with a 11/2-length victory at Del Mar on the Breeders’ Cup under-card on Friday, was back on the track this morning at Santa Anita for all-star trainer Bob Baffert. The son of Curlin toured a half mile in :48.80 handily over the fast dirt track, which was good enough for 4th best out of 12. The victory on Nov. 3 was impressive in so many ways, but it was Dabster’s first race since breaking his maiden at Santa Anita on Jan. 16, 2017.  This was my Winter Book Bet for the Kentucky Derby a year ago, after he was purchased for a cool $1 million at the 2YO In-Training Sale at Fasig-Tipton two March’s ago.  It finally appears that this guy is healthy, fit and now ready to impress. Don’t miss out on another one. This has been my guy for a long time.
  2. Dreamer’s Point, a highly regarded 2YO gelding by Shackleford who hails from the barn of Ian Wilkes, worked this morning at Churchill Downs. He breezed a half mile in :48.20, which was the second best time out of 21 to go that far today. After breaking his maiden at first call this summer at Ellis Park, Dreamer’s Point has run two straight thirds at Keeneland and then at Churchill on Nov. 4. He was beaten less than 2 lengths in each of those tries, and was beaten by Promises Fulfilled at Keeneland in October. That one is a top runner from the barn of Dale Romans. Keep an eye out on this boy. He can run.
  3. Mojo Man, a 2YO by Stay Thirsty who comes from the barn of James DiVito, was back on the track this morning at Churchill Downs. He worked an impressive, eye-opening bullet going a half mile in :47.60. This one ran a game second at odds of 55-to-1 at Churchill Downs in his career debut on Oct. 29.  Looks ready and fit for another try soon. Watch out.
  4. Promises Fulfilled, the aforementioned 2YO who beat up on Dreamer’s Point, worked 5Fs this morning for Romans, going the distance in a brisk time of :59.60 — which was the fastest out of 19 to go that far. This son of Shackleford has two wins in two starts and looks to be getting better and better with each turn around the track. Keep an eye on this one.
  5. Gotta Go, the super talented 2YO colt by Shanghai Bobby who won the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs in his last, worked 5Fs this morning at Churchill, as well. He covered the distance in a more leisurely time of 1:02.20 in a pure maintenance move. Look for these top 2YOs to face up in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 25.  It should be one heckuva race.