(Copper Bullet won the Saratoga Special)

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. Minit to Stardom, a 3YO LA-bred filly who is a perfect 2-for-2 in her brief career to date, was back on the track this morning at the Fair Grounds for trainer Al Stall, Jr. She went a half mile in an easy :49.40, which was the 32nd best time out of 72 to go the distance over the dirt surface. This filly by Star Guitar won on debut last November and came right back in December to win the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes. She figures to be tough to handle in any state-bred race in the near future.
  2. Streetlady, who is a perfect 2-for-2 as well, worked for trainer Michael Stidham at the Fair Grounds this a.m. She went a half mile in a brilliant :47 flat, which was the bullet out of the 72 to go today. This filly by Street Boss cost a mere $67,000 as a 2YO last year and has already earned back $46,800 in just two starts. Look for this ultra-fast filly to head back to the races soon, after she won at the FG on Jan. 4, going just 51/2 furlongs on the grass.
  3. Zeke, a 3YO son of Gio Ponti who is also trained by Stidham, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. He breezed a half mile a second slower than the filly, clocking out at :48 flat. That was the 6th best time of the day at the distance. This guy was a perfect 2-for-2 to start his career before finishing 10th while trying the dirt in the LeComte Stakes. He probably will return to the grass, where he won a mile grass allowance on Dec. 10 with Joe Bravo in the saddle.
  4. Copper Bullet, who may have been the most talented 2YO in the land all of last year, was back in training for Steve Asmussen this morning at the Fair Grounds. The son of More Than Ready breezed 5Fs in 1:02.40, which was the 38th best time out of 55 to go that far. This was his fourth consecutive work since his return to action in early January. He is still several moves away from returning to active duty, but keep an eye on this talented guy. He won the G2 Saratoga Special back last August in style and has a beautiful way of going.
  5. Gettysburg, a 5YO now, probably was a little lonely this morning at the Fair Grounds. He went 5Fs in 1:01.80, which was a nice breeze and the 24th best time of the grouping to cover that much ground. But he probably missed his work mate — the great Gun Runner. Life goes on for Gettysburg, who normally would break off with or in front of the champion in his final tune-ups for the major races.
  6. Lookin at Lee, who ran second in the Kentucky Derby a year ago, worked for the Asmussen barn, as well. He covered 5Fs in 1:02.40, which was the 38th best time. This son of Lookin at Lucky is just now gearing back up for a return to the races, and clocked his third published work today since Jan. 16. He is still aways to go, but should be a better 4YO than he was a year ago.
  7. Principe Guilherme, who ran a game second to Instilled Regard in the LeComte Stakes here in his last try, was back in working order this morning at the Fair Grounds. He went 5Fs in an eye-catching 1:00.40, which was the 6th best time out of the 55 to go that far. This son of Tapit ran away with two easy victories to begin his career, and caught a monster in the LeComte. But look for this one to return in the Risen Star on this Road to the KY Derby.
  8. Snapper Sinclair, another super talent from the barn of Asmussen, worked 5Fs at the Fair Grounds, as well. He went the distance in 1:01 flat, which was the 13th best clocking at the distance. This son of City Zip ran third in the LeComte after a dismal 12th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. It was a nice start to the year, and probably puts this guy on the Road to the Derby, as well. Keep an eye for his return to afternoon action.
  9. Zing Zang, who is yet another of the Asmussen pupils, worked 5/8ths today at the Fair Grounds, as well. He went the distance in 1:01.40. He ran 4th in the LeComte, but was coming into the race with only one win under his belt — a MSW event in New Orleans on Dec. 16. This son of Tapit appears to be getting better and better and may just love the stretch out to two turns. An improving colt, to be sure.