(Limousine Liberal splashes home 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. Beautiful Street, a 3YO filly by Street Cry who was so impressive in breaking her maiden on debut last May at Churchill Downs, is back and working steadily at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida. She breezed 5-furlongs this morning in a time of 1:02.60, which was the second best time out of 6 to go that distance. Today’s work was the sixth published work since Jan. 10, and the John Oxley home-bred may be ready to head to a major racetrack to begin serious works there soon. In her one and only race to date, the filly ran off to an easy 31/2-length victory over 7 rivals in a 41/2-furlong event at Churchill. It will be good to see her return soon.
  2. Kabella, a 3YO Kitten’s Joy filly trained by Steve Margolis, is a perfect 2-for-2 this year at the Fair Grounds. She was back in training this morning, breezing a half mile in a brisk :47.80, which was the 6th best time out of 49 to go the distance over the dirt track. The filly won from well off the pace in the last try, but pulled away impressively at the end in a 1-mile event over the grass. She beat some good ones in that race on Feb. 1 — including Deadline, Luna, and Yes to the Dress. Keep an eye on this one. She may try Stakes company soon.
  3. Limousine Liberal, now a 6YO gelding, worked this morning at his home base of operations — the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington. He breezed a half-mile in a leisurely time of :49.80, which was the 5th best of 8 to go the distance today. It was the first published work since he won the Bet On Sunshine Stakes at Churchill Downs last November. Before that, “Liberal” ran six other times — with three other wins (The G2 Churchill Downs Stakes; the G3 Aristides Stakes and the Kelly’s Landing Stakes, all at Churchill Downs) and three thirds (G2 Phoenix Stakes, G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, and the G3 Commonwealth Stakes). That certainly qualifies this guy for one of the top sprinters in the country and considering his fondness for the strip at Churchill Downs, it is easy to see why trainer Ben Colebrook may consider a plan that points this one towards the 2018 Breeders’ Cup.