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

  1. Wholehearted, a 3YO Awesome Again filly trained by Kenny McPeek, was one of the few horses that breezed over the muddy Churchill Downs track this morning. With assistant trainer Jeff Hiles (the son of long-time trainer and HBPA President Rick Hiles) overseeing the move, the filly went a half-mile in :49.60 — which was second best of 6 to go the distance today. This filly broke her maiden at Churchill Downs in June, and has shown some signs of run-ability. If she drops into the claiming ranks, she may be ultra tough.
  2. Barrier Island, a talented 2YO filly by Speightstown and out of the A.P. Indy mare Boca Grande, has two races under his girth now, with a second and a third to show for his efforts. Was beaten just a head in the debut effort going 61/2-furlongs on the dirt for trainer Shug McGaughey. This one has the potential to be a super one for the Phipps Stable. She worked a half-mile over the fast dirt track at Belmont Park today, going the distance in :49.67, which was 13th best of 20 to go.  It was purely a maintenance move, and this one is fit and ready to go. Watch out.
  3. Diversify, the talented NY-bred trained by Richard Violette, continues to prep forwardly for the upcoming Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs this Fall. The 4YO gelding worked a half mile in a very nice :47.43 breezing over a fast dirt track. It was the 2nd fastest time out of 20 to go.  This one skipped the Breeders’ Cup Classic to remain back East and he is jumping out of his skin, right now. He will be a tough beat in the Clark.
  4. Fools Gold, a well-bred 2YO filly by Medaglia d’Oro who is trained by Chad Brown, went a half-mile at Belmont Park today, as well. She covered the distance in a time of :49.33, which was 7th of the 20. In both of her two career starts to date, Fools Gold has run third — the last time it was by less than a length in a mile test over the turf track at Belmont. She will get that MSW victory soon. Be on board.
  5. Rymska, a French-bred 3YO filly trained by Chad Brown, is a perfect 2-for-2 this year with a win in the G3 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park in February and a win in the G3 Commonwealth Oaks at Laurel in September. The one ran fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita in 2016 and has a world of ability. She breezed a half-mile this morning at Belmont, going in :49.52, which was 9th of 20. Obvious talented embedded here.
  6. Thais, another French-bred 3YO filly trained by Brown, was also on the track at Belmont. She worked a half-mile over the dirt track in :49.52, which was 9th of 20. This one has five starts this year with a win, two seconds and a third in those events. The only time she was off the board was in the Group 1 Pouliches Stakes at Deauville back in May. She ran a game third in the Pebbles Stakes at Belmont in October and may be ready to win her first NA Stakes in her next out. Keep watch.