Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over North America searching for those Thoroughbreds that may be primed and ready for a peak performance in the afternoon. Some of the horses that we watch and track, you will know and recognize. Others, though, you may not know — yet. Here is a closer look at today’s work tab:

  1. Tough Times is a name you will definitely want to remember. And, put into your list of Horses to Watch. This son of Tapit, who sold for $850,000 to Courtlandt Farm at the Keeneland September Sale in 2016, breezed a brisk 5-furlongs at Belmont Park this morning in an impressive time of 1:00.94, which was the bullet of the day for the 5 that went the distance. This was the 8th straight work — and the second in a row at 5Fs — for this highly touted chestnut and it certainly appears that he is about ready to make the gate for real.  Watch out here.
  2. Cache, another talented 2YO in the stable of Courtlandt Farm, went a half mile in :48.09, which was the fastest time out of 11 to go the distance. This son of Distorted Humor, out of the Stakes-winning racemare Wait Til Dawn, sold at the same sale as the one above for $500,000. This was his fourth work since Nov. 7. A little bit farther behind the roommate above.
  3. My Miss Lilly is the filly version of the two above. This daughter of Tapit was sold to Courtlandt for $670,000 last September at Keeneland. She got a half-mile breeze in :48.55, which was the third fastest of 11 to go. But her breeze was from the gate over the Belmont Park track. It was her fifth work since Oct. 28.
  4. Warrior’s Club, who ran a game second to Limousine Liberal in the Bet On Sunshine Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 18, got a maintenance work from trainer D. Wayne Lukas at the Louisville track on Monday morn. He went a leisurely half mile in :49 flat, which was 7th out of 10 to go. He will head South soon for another tour of duty.
  5. Zestful, a 2YO colt by Ghostzapper who ran second in his last start on Oct. 30, is entered at Laurel on Dec. 1 in the first race. He breezed 5Fs today at Fair Hill, going the distance in 1:01.20, which was the top to go at the distance. He lost his last race to a colt by the name of Vouch — by 81/4 lengths. Keep an eye on both of these.
  6. Vouch, the 2YO colt who defeated Zestful and a plentiful, is by Yes It’s True and trained by Arnaud Delacour. This one sold at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale as a weanling for $230,000. He was purchased by Lael Stables and Three Chimneys Farm. In his only race to date, he aired. He trained this morning at Fair Hill on the all weather training surface, covering a half mile in a bullet :48.40. Watch out here.