(Gotta Go winning the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Lookin to Strike, a 3Yo Lookin at Lucky colt trained by Mark Casse for owner Gary Barber, may be a horse that you want to watch. This guy broke his maiden at Woodbine last September in impressive fashion. He was immediately stuck into the G3 Grey Stakes there, which was a 11/16-mile event over the all-weather surface. He didn’t fare well against the winner, Archaggelos, that day, but he could rebound to be a good one. He worked at the Casse Training Center near Ocala, FL. this morning, going 5-furlongs in 1:00 flat. That was the bullet work. It was his 7th published work since Feb. 7, and he should be ready to roll soon.
  2. Bee Jersey, a 4YO Jersey Town colt who has two wins and a second since running 15th in the 2017 UAE Derby, is coming off an impressive win at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 20. He worked this morning at the Fair Grounds for trainer Steve Asmussen, going 5-furlongs in a time of 1:01.20 — which was 5th best of 18 to go the distance. This one may be ready for Stakes company soon.
  3. Copper Bullet, who was one of my top picks for this year’s Kentucky Derby before he was pulled off the trail by trainer Steve Asmussen, worked at the Fair Grounds today. The son of Uncle Mo went 5-furlongs in 1:01.60, which was the 7th best time. This guy may have been the best 2YO in the USA last year, especially after he won the Saratoga Special in August. But he has not been seen in the afternoon since. Looking forward to his return. Today was his 8th published work since Jan. 22.
  4. Gotta Go, a 3YO son of Shanghai Bobby, could still be on the Road to the Kentucky Derby despite his 6th place finish in the Fountain of Youth. The flashy colt worked this morning at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida for trainer Ian Wilkes. The winner of the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs last fall worked 5-furlongs in 1:00.50, which was the bullet of 10 to go that distance today. According to trainer Ian Wilkes, the colt may go next in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Here is what he had to say today: “Yes…all good…probably the Blue Grass,” Wilkes texted when asked about the colt this morning.
  5. Unchained Melody, who hasn’t raced since she was pulled up in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga last August, worked at Palm Meadows this morning. The daughter of Smart Strike — who won 3 of her first four starts, including the G2 Mother Goose — breezed 6 furlongs for trainer Brian Lynch in 1:16.10. That was the 9th published work for the filly since Jan. 25. Sure will be good to see her back in action soon.