(Monomer Girl winning the G2 Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds)

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. Cool Beans, a 3YO son of Candy Ride, is a perfect 1-for-1 for trainer Brad Cox, having broke his maiden at Saratoga last August. He was moved up to that victory — which he probably would have won any way — when Significant Form shut Cool Beans off at the 7/8ths pole and then clipped heels. Running third that day was the highly touted Gio Game. But this guy — who was purchased for $300,000 last March out of a 2YO Sale — got his second published work today at the Fair Grounds. He breezed a half mile in an impressive :48.60, which was the 7th best time out of 56 to go that distance. Keep an eye on this one. He’s good.
  2. Monomoy Girl, the impressive victor of the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes in her last outing and is now 4 for 5 with one second in her brilliant career, worked this morn at the Fair Grounds for Cox and crew.  She went a half mile in :48.60, which was the same time as the colt above. This daughter of Tapizar will most likely run back in the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland, on her way to the KY Oaks. Talent.
  3. Reride, another talented son of Candy Ride and the winner of the Mine That Bird Stakes at Sunland Park in his last race, was back on the track at the Fair Grounds this morning. He went an easy half mile in :51.80, which is the style of trainer Steve Asmussen. That was the 49th best work out of the 56 to go. This guy now has 4 wins in five lifetime starts, with the only hiccup coming in the troubled Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last fall. That is the same race that Quip came out of and shocked the racing world on Saturday in the Tampa Bay Derby. Don’t leave this guy out.
  4. Believe in Royalty, a well bred son of Tapit and out of the KY Oaks winning mare Believe You Can, has been taken back to school by trainer Larry Jones. After running poorly in a trouble trip in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park, and then running off to a blistering fast pace in the LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds earlier this year, Jones backed off and went to teaching — rather than running. He got a 5-furlong test this morning, moving the distance in a nice 1:00.20, which was the 7th best time out of 44 to go that far. May return a different horse next time.
  5. The Player, who nearly set a track record in winning the Mineshaft Stakes at the Fair Grounds in his last race for trainer Buff Bradley, was back on the track this morning in New Orleans. He went 5-furlongs in the same time as the colt above. Bradley — who is one of the best trainers in the business — looks to be priming his star pupil for some major tests later this spring and the first weekend in May for this 5YO son of Street Hero. Bradley installed blinkers for the first time before the Mineshaft. Looked like that experiment worked.
  6. Seven Trumpets, a son of Morning Line and trained by Dale Romans, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park. The colt — who ran a disappointing 7th in the G3 Southwest Stakes in his last outing after having run such a game second in the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct earlier this year — breezed 5-furlongs in 1:04.28. That was the 13th best time out of 13 to go the distance. It was the second leisurely exercise since the race at Oaklawn, which was contested over a sealed muddy dirt surface. Popular theory is that he detested that track condition.