(Photo of West Coast)

  1. West Coast, who will probably garner enough support from the Eclipse Awards voters to capture this year’s top 3YO Honors after his late summer winning streak and his third place finish behind the grand Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, was back on the track at Santa Anita on Wednesday. He is getting his final tune-ups for the 2nd Pegasus World Cup, to be held at Gulfstream Park in January. This son of Flatter, who is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Caressing, went a half mile in an impressive :47.40, which was the 2nd best time out of 46 to go the distance. West Coast is a very late foal who won 5 in a row — including the G1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga and the G1 Pennsylvania Derby at Park and the G3 Los Alamitos Derby. He was a non-threatening third in the Breeders’ Cup, but this guy has 6 quality wins, 2 seconds and a third in his only 9 starts and he may be getting a bit better with some time to age before the Pegasus. With Collected’s lackluster performance on Dec. 26, and Hopportunity’s less than stellar closing in the same Stakes, West Coast may be emerging as his “Go To” guy for 2018.
  2. Bravazo, who ran a game second in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity to Free Drop Billy and then another game third to Gotta Go in the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs before he finished the Fall season in Kentucky on a downer and his disappointing 10th in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club in November, is drilling in advance of his 3YO season at Oaklawn Park for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He worked 5Fs in Hot Springs on Wednesday in a spry time of 1:01.40, which was second out of 17 to go the distance. This son of Awesome Again, who still has to prove that he can carry his speed around two turns, will sure to be on the Triple Crown trail for Calumet Farm in the first quarter of 2018.
  3. One Liner, an undefeated son of Into Mischief who has put together an impressive record of 3-for-3 for trainer Todd Pletcher, has not been seen in the afternoons since he won the G3 Southwest Stakes by an ultra-impressive 31/2 lengths over Petrov and over 12 lengths in front of Lookin at Lee at Oaklawn Park in February. He got his sixth workout since Nov. 12 on Wednesday at the Palm Beach Downs training facility. He went a half mile in :49.99, which was the second best time out of 2 to go. Keep an eye on this guy. It should not be much longer before he is back in action. It will be interesting to see if he has the same burst of speed upon his return.
  4. Gotta Go, who won the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs in the Fall before disappointing in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club, worked this morning at Palm Meadows Training Center in Southern Florida for trainer Ian Wilkes. The son of Shanghai Bobby breezed a half mile in a brisk :48.65, which was the 3rd best time out of 28 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this guy, with the spectacular white blaze that covers his left eye. He has some gas. The question will be whether his talented trainer can get him to reserve enough of it to stretch out around two turns.
  5. McKinzie, who is a perfect 2-for-2 after being elevated to victory in the G1 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity and certainly appears to be one of the leading 2YOs in the barn of Baffert, worked on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. This son of Street Sense went 5Fs in a sharp :59.20, which was the 4th best time out of 74 to go the distance. Keep an eye on this guy as he is prepared for the 2018 Triple Crown Road.
  6. Mourinho, a 2YO son of Super Saver in the barn of Baffert, worked 6Fs on Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. He went the distance in 1:13 flat, which was the 4th best time out of 10 to go that far. This  one ran 2nd in the Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 11, running second to Greyvitos at 7 furlongs. Mourinho was flattered by that effort when Greyvitos came back to win the Springboard Mile at Remington Park in his last effort. This one should get better the longer they go, as well.