(Trainer Bob Baffert)

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

  1. Beautiful Street, a 3YO daughter of Street Cry who is a homebred of John Oxley, worked at the Casse Training Center in Florida on Wednesday. She went a half mile in an easy :50 flat That was the 3rd best time out of 6 to go the distance. This is the third published work for the filly since Dec. 23, as she gears back up for the season. This one broke her maiden on debut, running off to an impressive 31/2-length victory in a 41/2-furlong sprint last May at Churchill Downs. She has not been seen in the afternoons since that day, but she obviously has a world of talent. We will keep you posted on this gal.
  2. Mubtaahij, the 6YO son of Dubai and winner of the G1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita last September in his first career start for trainer Bob Baffert, worked on Wednesday at The Great Race Place. He went 5Fs in an impressive 1:00.60, which was the 3rd best time out of 18 to go the distance that day. This guy came back to run a nice third in the G3 Native Diver Stakes after finishing 8th behind Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Still, all in all, I am surprised that no one sought to acquire the rights to him for this “made-for-TV drama” they call the Pegasus World Cup. After all, he has some credentials that are worth noting, like a fourth in the G1 Belmont Stakes in 2015; a second to Shaman Ghost in the G1 Woodward Stakes in 2016; the easy win over Midnight Storm and Cupid in the 2017 Awesome Again. Would not be surprised to see this one re-surface for Baffert in 2018 and make another impressive run or two.
  3. Ax Man, a 3YO colt by Misremembered who is a perfect 1-for-1 in his abbreviated race career to date, worked at Santa Anita in impressive fashion Wednesday. He went 5Fs in 1:0020, which was the second best time out of 18 to go the distance. It was his 8th published work since Nov. 24. On New Year’s Day, this guy ran off to a 91/2 length victory in a 6-furlong sprint on the dirt, with nine others scattered behind him in his wake. He was ridden that day by Drayden Van Dyke. Recommendation: Keep an eye on this guy.
  4. Emboldened, a winner in her only career start when she ran off to an easy and impressive 41/2-length victory at Santa Anita on Jan. 5, was back on the track on Wednesday, gearing up for her next outing. It was her first published work since the win, and she went a half mile in :48.40, which was 10th best of 23. This 3YO filly is by Elusive Quality and is a homebred for Godolphin Stable. Another that hails from the barn of Bob Baffert.
  5. Jehozacat, a 3YO Tapit filly, and Madame Milan, a 3YO Bernardini filly, worked in company at Tampa Bay Downs this morning for trainer Arnaud Delacour. They breezed side-by-side in tandem, both stopping the clock at :50 for a half mile work. That was the 6th best time out of 14 to go the distance. Madame Milan has a win at Laurel Park back in October and most recently ran third at Tampa on Dec. 16. She has a record of 1-0-2 in 3 career starts. Jehozacat, on the other hand, broke her maiden on debut at Laurel back in July of 2017, and, subsequently, ran 4th in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park in September; second in an allowance at Keeneland; and then 6th in the Smart Halo Stakes at Laurel in November. Today was her fourth published work since that last race. Both of these are homebreds for the Lael Stables of Mr. & Mrs. Roy Jackson.