Baffert Santa Anita

Bob Baffert with his son, Bode. Photo credit: Santa Anita

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. Mia Mischief, a talented 2YO filly by Into Mischief who has recorded two wins and two seconds in her first four starts, was back on the track at The Fair Grounds this morning for trainer Steve Asmussen. She went an easy half mile in :51.20, which was 38th best out of 51 to go that distance. This filly cost $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton 2YO Sale in Florida this March, and appears to be well on her way to proving to be a good purchase. She ran second to the highly touted Sultry in the Spendthrift Juvenile Filly Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs on Oct. 29 and now looks to be pointed toward some of the preps for the Fair Grounds Oaks in the spring. Keep an eye on her.
  2. Tiger Moth, a 5YO Street Sense mare trained by Brad Cox, worked at The Fair Grounds this morning. She breezed an easy half mile in :50.60 which was the 28th best time out of the 58.  This one ran a game second to Blue Prize in the G2 Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs in her last effort. She is now multiple Graded Stakes Placed in her career, which has seen her post a record of 5-5-3 and earn over $402,000 in purses over 21 starts.
  3. Mo Tom, who ran 8th in the 2016 Kentucky Derby but has been blanked since winning the Ohio Derby last year, worked this morning at The Fair Grounds for trainer Tom Amoss. He went 5Fs in 1:00 flat, which was the second best time out of 25 to go that far. This son of Uncle Mo may be ready to pop a good one in the near future, if slotted against the right bunch. Meaning: not a Graded Stakes race.
  4. Nonna Bella, who won her first two races of her career and then put up an impressive 4th in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks back in April, is on the comeback trail for trainer Todd Pletcher. This daughter of Stay Thirsty turned in a nice 5F breeze at Palm Beach Downs this morning, going the distance in a time of 1:02.61. That was the best of two to go that route today. She has not started in the afternoon since the Spring, but today was her sixth straight work since Nov. 2.  She is getting close.
  5. Hopportunity, who ran third and beaten less than 2 lengths total to Seeking the Soul in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24, was back in action this a.m. He breezed 5Fs in 1:00.60 for trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita, and that was the bullet work out of 44 to go that far. Now a 6YO, this son of Any Given Saturday has posted a stellar record of 7-7-5 in 28 lifetime starts and has posted over $4.3 million in earnings. Could he end up in the Pegasus World Cup?