(Dream Tree is a top contender for the 2018 Kentucky Oaks / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita & Gary Tasich)

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. Fascilitator, a 3YO son of The Factor who has two narrow losses and now a win in just three career starts for trainer Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. This guy — who beat two really good ones in Nola Win and New Colossus to break his maiden last time out going just 6 furlongs on the dirt — went 5Fs in 1:02 flat, which was the 8th best time out of 50 to go the distance. It was his first published work since the win, and you can look for more good things from this one, who is owned by the Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (same guys that brought you Gun Runner).
  2. Dream Tree, who is a perfect 3-for-3 in her career, was back on the track this morning at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert. The 3YO daughter of Uncle Mo — who is certainly one of the top favorites for the Kentucky Oaks at this time — worked 5Fs in 1:03.80, which was the 21st best time out of 26 to go the distance. The time before, just six days ago, she went 6-furlongs in 1:12.60, which was the bullet work out of 6. The week before that, she went 5/8ths in 1:00.80. She has not run since winning the G1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos in impressive fashion. Look for her to turn up soon, and get her game face on for the top filly preps for the Kentucky Oaks.
  3. Jungle Warfare is a 3YO filly by Animal Kingdom that you should be watching very carefully. Despite having run 7 times already, she is still a maiden. But she has already put up an impressive resume of 3 seconds and 4 thirds. She surely will enjoy the races as they begin to stretch out for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, and I will certainly keep my eye on this one.
  4. Madam Dancealot is a 4YO filly by Sir Prancealot and is coming off an impressive run of starts to finish 2017 for trainer Richard Baltas. In her last six starts, she hit the board in each and won twice — including the G2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar. She also ran third in the QE II at Keeneland and second in the G1 American Oaks at Santa Anita. She got her third straight work since that last race on Dec. 30, and breezed 5/8ths this morning in a time of 1:01.80 at Santa Anita. That was the bullet. Keep an eye on this grass specialist. She is mighty good.