Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America searching for those horses that appear to be peaking at just the right time for a prime performance in the afternoons. Some of the horses that we track, you will know and recognize. Others, though, you may not know — yet. Here is a closer look at today’s morning glories:

  1. New Money Honey, who won the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and has won 2 of five starts this year, was back on the track at Belmont Park this morning for trainer Chad Brown. The championship filly breezed a half-mile in a leisurely :49.87, which was the 7th best time out of 19 to go over the fast dirt surface. It was her 6th straight work since her disappointing sixth in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 14. She never seemed to like the grass that day, after she was put on the dirt for the first time in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. It will be interesting to see where she finds the starting gate next.
  2. La Piba is a Stakes winning, 4YO filly by Lookin at Lucky, who is trained by Brad Cox. She won the West Virginia Senate President’s Cup at Mountaineer in August, after running third in the Ellis Park Turf Stakes in July. She failed to fire in the Ramsey Farm Stakes at Kentucky Downs in September, but looks to be getting back on track now. She went a half mile at Churchill Downs this morning in :50 flat, which was 11th of 17 to go that far over the fast dirt under the Twin Spires.
  3. Noble Beauty won the G3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park in August 2016, but has not run this year since firing a fourth in the Winter Memories Stakes at Aqueduct in November of that same year. She has been training steadily, of late, though, and went a half mile at Churchill Downs this morning in :50 flat. Keep an eye on this daughter of Kitten’s Joy. She has hit the boar in 5 of 7 lifetime starts and looks to be getting close.
  4. Gidu, an Irish-bred, 2YO filly by Frankel, was purchased for $475,683 as a yearling in France a year ago. Since then, she was turned over to trainer Todd Pletcher, who sent her out for the first time in August at Saratoga, where she ran a game second to a good one in Snapper Sinclair, who later turned up at Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.  Gidu worked this morning at Palm Beach Downs with a host of others from the Pletcher barn and went a half mile over the dirt track in :48.71 — which was the bullet work of 27 to go the distance. Keep a sharp eye out for this one. She is a talent.