(Trainer Steve Asmussen)

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. Gleason, a talented son of Algorithms who broke his maiden in ultra-impressive fashion at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 20 for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Paul Pompa, breezed this morning at Palm Beach Downs. In a pure maintenance move, the 3YO colt went a half mile in :50.40, which was the best of two to go the distance. Watch for this one upon return. He has a high altitude cruising speed with gas to spare. He cost $220,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September Sale. And, he may turn out to be a bargain.
  2. One Fast Broad, a 3YO filly by Decarchy, is coming off a stellar 2017 season as a 2YO. She raced 6 times as a juvenile and had 3 wins and 2 seconds. Her only time off the board was a 4th in the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita last October. She was back on the track at Santa Anita this morning for owner/trainer Mick Ruis. She went 5Fs in 1:01.40, which was the 7th best time out of 25 to go that distance. It is the filly’s fifth work since Dec. 19, and she should be about ready to embark on the 2018 campaign soon.
  3. Chirping, a 3YO son of Violence who broke his maiden in his last start on Nov. 4 at Laurel Park, worked a bullet at Tampa Bay today for trainer Tom Proctor. He breezed 5Fs over the dirt track in a brisk 1:00.60, which was the fastest of 16 to go the distance. This guy took to the grass last time out, running 11/16-miles and getting up to win by a 1/2-length at the wire. You may want to tag this one on your “Horses to Watch List.”
  4. Combatant, a 3YO colt by Scat Daddy who ran a game second to Mourinho in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park in his last out, was back on the track in Hot Spring today for trainer Steve Asmussen. He went 5Fs in 1:01.20, breezing over the dirt track. That was the 4th best time out of 18 to go the distance. Going into the Smarty Jones, Combatant ran a good second to Greyvitos in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park. This one may be ready to kick it up a gear soon, with only four races under his girth to date.
  5. New York Central, a talented 3YO colt by the great Tapit, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning, as well, for the barn of Steve Asmussen. He went the 5Fs distance in 1:00.40 breezing, which was the bullet of 18. Keep an eye on this guy. He has only 3 lifetime starts with a win, a second and a third. He may be ready to jump into the big leagues very soon.