Pletcher Derby

Todd Pletcher holds the Kentucky Derby trophy after Always Dreaming won the race.

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 may be sitting on a top performance in the afternoons. Some of the horses that we watch and track, you will know. Others, though, you may not recognize — yet. Here is a closer look at some of today’s morning glories:

  1. Hazit, a 3YO colt by War Front who ran 8th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November at Del Mar after a 5th in the G1 Champagne, worked this morning for trainer Todd Pletcher at the South Florida training center in Palm Beach. He went a half mile in :48.88, which was the bullet of the day. This guy has made only 3 lifetime starts to date, winning on debut at Saratoga in impressive fashion. Look for a return fairly soon. Today’s work was the third published exercise since Jan. 12.
  2. Ax Man, a 3YO colt by Misremembered who was tremendously impressive on debut for trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita on Jan. 1, was back on the track at “The Great Race Place” on Tuesday. He breezed a half mile in an eye-popping :47.40, which was the second best time of 21 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this guy. He could jump up into the ranks of the top 3YOs in this barn quickly.

More to Come