(The Champ: Forever Unbridled)

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. King Zachary, a 3YO colt by Curlin who cost owner Tom Conway a whopping $550,000 to purchase at the 2016 Keeneland September Sales, has only one career start to date. He ran third to the super impressive Principe Guilherme at Churchill Downs on Nov. 10. King Zachary was beaten that day by nearly 8 lengths, but made a nice run late to get up for third. He got a nice work this morning at Gulfstream Park, working 5Fs in 1:00.53 for the barn of Dale Romans. Keep an eye on this guy. He looks to have some talent, and is revving up for a start soon, so it appears.
  2. Givemeaminit, the Louisiana-bred son of Star Guitar who ran 4th in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, finally broke his maiden under a fine rider by Corey Lanerie in his last outing. Today, he was back on the track at the Fair Grounds, breezing a half mile in :49 flat for trainer Dallas Stewart. That was the 30th best time of 108 to go the distance. The question is, and it really isn’t in the form of a question, will Stewart try some of the major Derby preps and Stakes events again? How soon is more like it.
  3. Heavenly Love, who will probably show back up in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes at the Fair Grounds, and, probably, the Louisiana Oaks, worked for the barn of Mark Casse in New Orleans this morning. She went a half mile in a snappy :47.60. That was the second best time out of 108.  Watch for a better run out of this one than she showed in the Silverbulletday.
  4. Hence, who competed in the 2017 version of the Kentucky Derby, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds for trainer Steve Asmussen. He breezed a half mile in :49.80. He is just now gearing back up for a 2018 campaign.
  5. Lone Sailor, who was 9th in the LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 13, breezed this morning for trainer Tom Amoss. He went a half mile in :48.80, which was the 21st fastest time. This guy may show back up in the Risen Star here. Before the debacle in the LeComte, he had a fifth in the Kentucky Jockey Club; a second to Gotta Go in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs; and was third to Free Drop Billy in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.
  6. Wonder Gadot, who ran second to Stronger Than Ever in the Silverbulletday after her connections opted out against running against the colts in the LeComte, breezed this morning at the Fair Grounds. This daughter of Medaglia d’Oro drilled a half mile in :48.40, which was 11th best. She is tuning right back up for another major Stakes event soon on the Road to the KY Oaks. Before the Silverbulletday, she had won the G2 Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct; was a very troubled 6th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; and won the G1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine. A good one.
  7. Forever Unbridled, the Champ, breezed at the Fair Grounds this morning. The 6YO mare went 5Fs in 1:01 flat, which was 4th best out of 38. Word has it that trainer Dallas Stewart is gearing her up for a run against the colts in the Dubai World Cup for owners Charles Fipke. Maybe he can take both jockeys, John Velasquez and Joel Rosario, with him. Just kidding.
  8. San Elijo, a 3YO son of Alternation who may be a contender for the Risen Star as well, worked 5Fs this morning for trainer Michael Stidham. He went the distance in 1:01.40, which was 6th best of the 38. This one is getting better and better. He has a second to Zing Zang, who will run next in the Southwest Stakes over at Oaklawn, and a victory to show for the first two career starts.