(The Desormeaux family celebrate after My Boy Jack’s win in the Zuma Beach Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita — www.santaanita.com)

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. Classy Act, a 3YO filly by Into Mischief trained by W. Bret Calhoun, impressed in her last outing, running second to the Monomoy Girl in the G2 Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds. She was back on the track in New Orleans this morning, tuning up for the FG Oaks, to be held next weekend. She went a snappy half-mile in :47.80, which was the 3rd best time out of 91 to go that distance today. This filly has compiled a record of 2 wins and 3 seconds in 6 career starts to date.
  2. Girvin, a 4YO colt by Tale of Ekati and the winner of the G1 Haskell Invitational a year ago for trainer Joe Sharp, breezed a half mile at the Fair Grounds today, as well. He went the distance in :48.60, which was 18th best of the 91. It was just his second published work since he ran a disappointing 5th in the G3 Oklahoma Derby last September. He is just beginning to gear up for a 2018 season.
  3. Dragon Drew, who captured the Black Gold Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds in his last try at odds of 21-to-1 (you would have had it, if you were watching our “picks”), has won two in a row now and appears to have found a nice niche going long on the grass. The son of Get Stormy — who stands at the McLean Family Farm at Crestwood — went 5-furlongs this a.m. in 1:00 flat. It was the best time out of 28 to go that far. Watch out. This may be the latest “real good thing” in the barn of Buff Bradley.
  4. My Boy Jack, a 3YO colt by Creative Cause and winner of the G3 Southwest Stakes in a rail-skimming move, worked at Santa Anita this morning for trainer J. Keith Desormeaux. He went 5-furlongs in 1:00.40, which was the bullet out of 11 to time out at that distance. This guy, to be ridden by the trainer’s brother, Kent, is scheduled to run next in the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds.
  5. Sonneteer, who ran 16th in the Kentucky Derby a year ago as a maiden, worked this a.m. at Santa Anita for the Desormeaux family, as well. To put the 3YO’s work into perspective, this one went the same distance in 1:00.60, which was the 5th best time. This son of Midnight Lute won the Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 12, but came back to run 10th in the G3 Razorback there on Feb. 19.