(Photo of Believe You Can at Kentucky Oaks)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America looking for that horse that appears to be training well and getting ready for a top performance in the afternoon. Some of the horses that we track, you will know and recognize. Others, though, you may not — yet. Here is a closer look at today’s morning glories:

(Photo of Believe You Can, dam of Believe in Royalty)

  1. Believe In Royalty, who is being pointed toward the Springboard Mile at Remington Park the end of this month for trainer J. Larry Jones, breezed 5-furlongs this morning at The Fair Grounds. He went the distance in 1:02 flat, which was the 8th best time out of 24 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this well-bred, 2YO son of Tapit and the Kentucky Oaks winning mare Believe You Can. He has all the right ingredients to be a very good one. Has two wins in a row for the ownership team of Robert C. Baker, William Mack and Brereton C. Jones.

(Photo of Bret Jones, of Airdrie Stud)

According to Bret Jones, at Airdrie: “Robby (Albarado) was very happy with him…going to be a tough spot but it sure seems like our colt is steadily improving.”

Entires for the Springboard Mile — Dec. 17 at Remington Park (Thanks to Equibase):

Remington Park STAKES

Purse $400,000. (Plus $40,000 – OBP – Oklahoma Bred Program). For Two Year Olds. No nomination fee. $2,500 to pass the entry box. Starters to pay $3,500 additional with $400,000 Guaranteed. The guaranteed monies to be divided 60% to the winner, 20% to second, 11% to third, 6% to fourth and 3% to fifth. Colts and Geldings, 121 Lbs.; Fillies, 118 Lbs. First Preference to Stakes winning or stake-placed horses in graded/group stakes (in order I,II,III), then Preference to Lifetime Earnings. Lifetime Earnings will be determined according to statistics provided by Equibase. This race will be limited to twelve (12) starters. The top three finishers in the Springboard Mile will get an automatic nomination to the Oklahoma Derby in 2018. The winner will receive an all fees paid entry into the Oklahoma Derby in 2018. A suitable award will be presented to the winning owner. Closed Thursday, December 7th with (59) nominations. One Mile. 

PP Horse  Virtual
A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Combatant (KY) 2/C L R Santana, Jr. 121 S M Asmussen
2 Major Brown (KY) 2/C L D L Parker 121 M R Whitelaw
3 Brangelina (KY) 2/G L D Sorenson 121 D Pish
4 Bode’s Maker (KY) 2/C L F Wethey, Jr. 121 A Milligan
5 Flip the Coin Jan (KY) 2/C L M Gutierrez 121 D F O’Neill
6 Night Strike (OK) 2/C L I V Diego 121 W B Calhoun
7 Soul P Say (KY) 2/C L J Loveberry 121 A Milligan
8 Flat Lucky (KY) 2/C L R A Vazquez 121 S M Asmussen
9 Redatory (TX) 2/G L D Cabrera 121 A C Dupuy
10 Believe in Royalty (KY) 2/C L R Albarado 121 J L Jones
11 Kingsville (TX) 2/G L L S Quinonez 121 D Pish
12 Greyvitos (VA) 2/C L V Espinoza 121 A Kitchingman

Owners: 1 – Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC ; 2 – Michael R. Whitelaw ; 3 – Red Lane Thoroughbreds LLC ; 4 – Keene Thoroughbreds LLC ; 5 – ERJ Racing LLC., Purple Rein Racing, Westside Racing and Rothblum, Steve ; 6 – Erich G. Brehm ; 7 – Keene Thoroughbreds LLC ; 8 – Richard L. Davis ; 9 – James Wessel ; 10 – Robert C. Baker, William Mack and Brereton C. Jones ; 11 – Stewart L. Armstrong, Albert Saenz and Danny Pish ; 12 – Triple B Farms (Boghossian)

Breeders: 1 – Paget Bloodstock; 2 – Michael R. Whitelaw; 3 – Shadowfax Stable; 4 – Stride Rite Racing Stable, Inc.; 5 – Meg Buckley & Mike Buckley; 6 – Cowboy Stables, LLC; 7 – Harvey A. Clarke; 8 – William B. Harrigan & Mike Pietrangelo; 9 – James Wessel; 10 – Brereton C. Jones; 11 – Stewart L. Armstrong; 12 – Audley Farm Equine

Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Scat Daddy – Border Dispute , by Boundary ; 2 – Big Brown – Cato Major , by E Dubai ; 3 – Broken Vow – Rich Find , by Exploit ; 4 – Bodemeister – Romantic Frolic , by Vindication ; 5 – Trappe Shot – Aheadnotatail , by Unbridled ; 6 – Liaison – Concert Strike , bySmart Strike ; 7 – Soldat – Clever Feline , by Officer ; 8 – Flat Out – Ushuaia , by Cape Canaveral ; 9 – Oratory – My Silver Song , by My Golden Song ; 10 – Tapit – Believe You Can , by Proud Citizen ; 11 – Street Move – Day Lily , by A.P. Indy ; 12 – Malibu Moon – Snow Top Mountain , by Najran ;

2. Forevamo, ironically enough, worked this morning at The Fair Grounds for trainer Al Stall. The 4YO son of Uncle Mo breezed a half-mile in a leisurely :52.20 over the fast dirt track. Along with jockey Colby J. Hernandez, featured in our “Handicapping Segment” today, Forevamo has had some really good racing moments — like running second in the G2 Risen Star Stakes here in 2016 and the G3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on Derby Day that same year. He has made five starts this year with 2 seconds and 2 thirds. The only time he was off the board was when he ran behind Limousine Liberal in the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes on Derby Day this year. He is entered to run on Dec. 17 here in an Allowance-Optional Claimer for the main track only. The rider named? Jose Valdivia, Jr.

3. Much Trouble, found exactly that in his last start before he was moved up to victory status in just his third race after being interfered with at the 1/8th pole, was back on The Fair Grounds main track this morning, working for trainer Tom Amoss. He went 6-furlongs in 1:14.20. Look for this 2YO son of Into Mischief to be OK and worth a serious look in subsequent starts.