(Daddys Lil Darling)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America, searching for that horse that may be peaking at just the right time for a prime performance in the afternoon. Some of the horses that we watch and track, you will recognize. Others, though, you may not — yet.  Here is a closer look at today’s top mooring glories:

  1. Thewayiam is a French-bred 2YO filly who made her North American debut at Keeneland in October a winning one and a noteworthy one, as well. After stalking the lead, she pounced in the stretch to take control and then hold on to win by a neck over a good one in Malibu Saint. This filly, trained by Graham Motion, worked over the all weather surface at Fair Hill this morning, going 6Fs in 1:14.60 breezing. That was the fifth best time out of 8 to go. Watch for this one’s return.  She is talented.
  2. Sonneteer, who ran in this year’s Kentucky Derby as a maiden, has not fared as well since he broke his maiden at Del Mar in July and then ran a game third in the Super Derby on the grass. Since, he finished 10th and 4th in allowance races at Santa Anita and Golden Gate. He was back on the track this morning at Santa Anita, breezing 5Fs in 1:01.20 handily. That was the 13th best time out of 44 to go. What is next for this son of Malibu Moon, who is owned by Calumet Farm? Watching.
  3. Untrapped, who finally broke through this year for trainer Steve Asmussen with a victory over Battle of Midway in the Oklahoma Derby, is scheduled to run next in the Zia Park Derby. He tuned up this morning with a maintenance move of a half mile in :51.66 over a fast dirt track at Remington Park. Maybe this one can string two wins in a row together?
  4. Daddys Lil Darling, who has been a world traveller this year and has journey back-and-forth from the dirt to the turf, as well, tuned up with a super impressive performance this morning at Churchill Downs. With assistant trainer Jeff Hiles looking on, the 3YO daughter of Scat Daddy went 5Fs in a brisk :59 flat over a fast dirt track. That was the best time out of 5 to go. This one has been very good on the grass in her last two tries, winning the Kentucky Downs Oaks impressively and then rallying to run a game second to La Coronel in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.  This one is a monster right now and right to pounce. My money is on her in the next out.
  5. Practical Joke, who has one more race in his saddle before heading off to stud duty at Ashford Stud/Coolmore in Versailles, worked at Belmont Park this morning for trainer Chad Brown. He went 4Fs in :48.07 breezing over a fast dirt track. That was the bullet out of 55 to go.  He had no chance in the Breeders’ Cup when he drew the #11 post position and he still ran a very game effort. I will go out with him with a strong wager.  This guy has gutted it out all year, sometimes running well past his peak distance.  The mile at Del Mar was two turns and broke right into the first turn.  He will close out with a one-turn mile, where he is an undefeated 5-for-5. Don’t miss this one.