(Trainer Bob Baffert may have another talent in Emboldened)

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. Yes to the Dress, a 3YO Congrats filly trained by Ron Moquett, was on the main dirt track at the Fair Grounds this morning for a breeze. She went a half mile in :49.80, which was 12th best out of the 30 to go the distance. This one broke her maiden by a whopping 4 lengths on the dirt at Delaware Park on Sept. 13 of last year. She came right back to win the Jamestown Stakes at Laurel Park, sprinting on the grass. She won that one by over 5 lengths. After a little break, she came back on Dec. 8 at the Fair Grounds and was stretched out for the first time. Going a mile on the dirt (it was moved off the turf), she was caught in the final stride and lost by an itty-bitsy nose. This one is cut out to be a real good one. Keep an eye on her.
  2. Emboldened, a 3YO filly by Elusive Quality who is a homebred for the Godolphin Racing Stables, was back on the track this morning for trainer Bob Baffert. And, she was IMPRESSIVE. The filly made her racing debut on Jan. 5 at Santa Anita and ran off to an easy and impressive 41/2-length victory with rider Joe Talamo in the saddle as the odds-on favorite. This morning, in her second work since that victory, she breezed a half-mile in :46.80! That was the bullet work of the day, but more impressive than that is the fact that the next fastest time of the day was turned in by Life’s Blessings — a 4YO filly trained by Baffert, and she was a full second slower. And, Life’s Blessings ran fourth in the Santa Paula Stakes last April. Keep an eye out for Emboldened. She has the look of a superstar in the making.