(Forever Unbridled worked today at the Fair Grounds)

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. Hint of Mint, a 3YO filly by More Than Ready, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds for trainer Wayne Catalano. This filly bears watching very closely as she prepares for her 2018 debut. This gal ran a game third on debut at Saratoga last August, before breaking her maiden impressively at Churchill Downs in October. Came back to run a troubled 4th in an allowance event in late November. Today, she breezed 3-furlongs in her first published work since the last race. She went the distance in :37.20, which was second best of 4 to go the distance. This one is still aways away, but could be a good one.
  2. Curluck, a 3YO son of Curlin who is a homebred for John Oxley, has just one start in his career, which was a game third last August at Gulfstream Park. Has been off since, but got his 5th published work since Feb. 1. Went an impressive half mile in :47.40 out of the gate this morning at the Fair Grounds. That was the 2nd best time out of 67 to go the distance today. Watch for this one soon.
  3. Givemeaminit, who ran 8th in the G2 Risen Star in his last out, was back on the track at the Fair Grounds this morning. He breezed a half-mile in :48.60, which was the 15th best time. This guy is a Louisiana-bred who has knocked heads with some of the best 3YOs in the country over the past couple of years. He ran third in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga; 5th in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity; 4th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He finally broke his maiden at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 28, impressively. But that was against state breds only. If he ever faces those types again, you can lock down tight.
  4. Lone Sailor, who was a game second to Gotta Go in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs last October and was third to Free Drop Billy in the Breeders’ Futurity, is coming off a really nice second in a tough allowance event here on Feb. 19. This son of Majestic Warrior was back on the track today for Tom Amoss, breezing a half mile in :48 flat. That was the 6th best time out of the 68. Would not be surprised if this one shows back up in Stakes company soon. Louisiana Derby?
  5. Believe in Royalty, who has gotten a little bit of a breather from trainer Larry Jones after his debacle in the G3 LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 13, looked like his old self this morning in New Orleans. The well-bred son of Tapit and Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can, went 5-furlongs in a brisk 1:00 flat. That was the bullet work out of 36 to go the distance. This guy has real gas talent, and may be on the road back soon. Here’s hoping.
  6. Forever Unbridled, the 2017 Champion older mare, kept up her regular work regiment at the Fair Grounds today, going 5-furlongs in 1:01.40. That was the 9th best of 36 to go the distance. The mare is being pointed to the Dubai World Cup and her first ever matchup against the colts, after going undefeated against the best fillies and mares the world had to offer in 2017. It will be an interesting test to see how she handles the trip; the surface; and the new challenges.