(Photo of Economic Model / Blood-Horse Magazine)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America looking for that horse that appears to be training well and getting ready for a top performance in the afternoon. 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. Life’s Blessings is a 3YO Tapit filly out of the Indian Charlie mare Indian Blessing. She won on debut at Del Mar in August of 2016. She ran second in her first try as a 3YO this spring at Santa Anita and appeared on her way to stardom. But after a fourth in April and another third at Santa Anita in May, she was given some time off. Today, she breezed a bullet work at Los Alamitos, going a half-mile in :47.80, which was the best time out of 16 to go the distance this morning. This was the third half-mile work since Nov. 26, and she looks like she is getting stronger with each. Keep an eye on this one’s return. She is super talented.
  2. Nanoosh, a 2YO son of Painter who broke his maiden at Keeneland on Oct. 13, worked this morning at Oaklawn Park for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He went a half-mile in :49.20, which was the 9th best time out of 40 to go. This one, owned by Zagat Stables, has some talent. Watch for his return.
  3. Bravazo, a top 2YO colt by Awesome Again who was bred and still owned by Calumet Farm, ran a tough-beat second to Free Drop Billy in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity on his first try after breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs in September. Subsequently, he ran third to Gotta Go in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs before disappointing in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes in his last. He got his first published work since that debacle this morning, going 5Fs in 1:02.40, which was the second best time out of 3 to go the distance. He will certainly be pointed to all the Derby preps this spring. Does he have the ability to hang in there?
  4. Economic Model, who ran second in the G2 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park a year ago on his way to an outstanding 2016 which saw him run second in the G1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga, appears to be rounding back into form for trainer Chad Brown. H won his last race at Belmont Park on Oct. 12, which was his first win since capturing the Easy Goer Stakes there in June of 2016. He led a team of Brown workers at Palm Meadows Training Center today, going a half mile in :49.30, which was 10th best of 22. Keep an eye on this guy. He looks like he may be close to his old form.