(Wonder Gadot entered in both the Silverbulletday Stakes and the G3 LeComte Stakes at the Fair Grounds next week)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America, searching for those horses that appear to be peaking at just the right time for a prime performance in the afternoons. Some of the horses that we track, you will readily recognize and know. Others, though, you may not know — yet. Here is a closer look at some of today’s morning glories:

  1. Discovered, a 3YO Gemologist colt in the barn of Mark Casse who was purchased a year ago as a 2YO in-training for $250,000, looks to be primed for his MSW race here next Saturday. This guy has two seconds, a third and a fourth in his first five starts, and has faced some tough customers to date. He tuned up with a spectacular work at the Fair Grounds this morning, going a half mile in a brilliant :47.40, which was the second best time out of 128 to try the distance this a.m. I’m on this guy next week.
  2. Heavenly Love, who won the Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland immediately after breaking her maiden at Kentucky Downs in September, was back on the track at the Fair Grounds this morning. The 3YO Malibu Moon filly, who figures to be a contender on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks for Casse, breezed a half mile in :49.40, which was 35th out of 128. This one didn’t show up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Del Mar, running 11th that day to the longshot Caledonia Road. She pressed the pace early on before throwing out the parachute. But don’t give up on this one. She is entered in the Silverbulletday Stakes here next Saturday. Wonder Gadot — who some have speculated will run in the Lecomte Stakes against the colts — is entered here, as well in what looks to be a tremendous field.
  3. Missive, a 3YO daughter of Alternation and another who has been entered for the Silverbulletday Stakes next Saturday, has never been worse than second in three career starts for trainer Michael Stidham. She ran a game second here on Dec. 17 and will be making a huge step up into the Stakes company. She breezed a half-mile in :50 flat, which was the 54th best time.  This one looks to be talented.
  4. Wonder Gadot, who won the G2 Demoiselle Stakes after being eliminated in a rough trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in the race before, worked for Casse this morning. As previously mentioned, she has been cross-entered in both the G3 LeComte Stakes (against the colts) and the Silverbulletday Stakes on the same day next week. She went an easy half mile today in :49.40, which was the 35th best time. It will be interesting to see where Casse decides to go with this daughter of Medaglia d’Oro.
  5. Stellar Moon is yet another one who has been entered for the Silverbulletday Stakes here next week. This Tapit filly — owned by Godophin Racing and trained by Michael Stidham — breezed 5Fs in 1:02.40, which was the 27th best time out of 64 to go that far. This homebred broke her maiden at Delaware Park in October of 2017, but came back to run fourth in the Letellier Memorial Stakes here on Dec. 16. Yet, beware. She was snatched up and then had to bolt three and then four wide to avoid traffic issues in the first turn of that one. Look for this one to be much better in a very tough field.