(Keep an eye on the Baffert horse below)

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. Snowfire, a 3YO gray filly by Tapit who was impressive on debut back in June for the barn of Mark Casse, was back on the track this morning at the Casse Training Center in Florida. She had her third published work today since Dec. 23, and went 5Fs in an impressive 1:01.40, which was the bullet out of 4 to make that distance their mark. After her win, this filly ran 4th in the G3 Schuylerville at Saratoga and then return to Churchill Downs to run 9th in the G2 Pocahontas in September. She was given a respite after that and is now gearing back up for the afternoon races. Owner John Oxley bought this filly for $500,000 as a yearling, and she looks to have some promise.
  2. Nineteenth Street is a Proud Citizen 4YO filly, who is entered to run at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 1. She is already Stakes-placed, and she warmed up this morning with an impressive turn of foot, going 4Fs in :48 flat — which was the 2nd best time out of 44 to go the distance. I would keep an eye on this one, trained by Steve Margolis. I have had her on my “HTW” list for quite some time and she looks ready for the next turn.
  3. Zulfikhar is a 3YO colt by Bodemeister, who you should put a star beside his name and watch very closely. In his only start to date, he won at Los Alamitos back in July of 2017. Won by day by nearly 4 lengths and didn’t pause for any cause. Had his 8th published work today at Santa Anita since Nov. 28. He went a half mile in a nice :48 flat, which was the 4th best time out of 38 to go that distance. He is trained by none other than Bob Baffert for, get this, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum. And, this one sold for the tidy sum of $750,000 at the 2YO in-training sale last march to Baffert’s longtime buddy and talent scout, Donato Lanni. My eye is on this guy.