(Caledonia Road winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies / Photo Courtesy of Breeders’ Cup)

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. C Z Rocket, a 4YO colt by City Zip trained by Al Stall, Jr., worked at Churchill Downs this morning. In his first published work since he lost for the first time in the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, the colt breezed 3-furlongs in :38 flat today. That was the second best of 3 to go the distance. Prior to t he G1 Malibu, this colt had won three in a row at Saratoga, Keeneland and Churchill Downs. He’s still aways away, but keep an eye on this one. Talented.
  2. Chocolate Martini, a 3YO filly by Broken Vow and winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks in her last out and Stakes debut, worked this morning at Churchill. The filly, trained by Tom Amoss, went a half mile in :47.40, which was the bullet work out of 30 to go that far. This one just may show up next in the Kentucky Oaks.
  3. Caledonia Road, winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies but absent from the races ever since, worked this morning at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida for trainer Ralph Nicks. The 3YO daughter of Quality Road worked a half mile in :48.35, which was the bullet work out of 4 to go that distance today. It was the fifth published work for the Champion 2YO filly of a year ago, but it was her first published work in nearly one month. It will be awhile before we see this one in the afternoons.
  4. Once On Whiskey, a 3YO colt by Bodemeister who broke his maiden for trainer Bob Baffert when stretched out to 7-furlongs on March 24, was back on the training track this morning at Santa Anita. He went a half mile in :48.40, which was the bullet work out of 19 to go the distance. We here at The Pressbox thought this one may be a contender to jump onto the Triple Crown trail earlier this spring, after we watched him run a deep closing second on debut on Feb. 3. But it took him awhile to get back to the races. This one is a real talent, and well worth keeping an eye on. This one can close with the best of them. Wait till he gets stretched out even farther.
  5. Peace, a 3YO Violence colt trained by Richard Mandella, ran a distant third in the G3 Sunland Derby last time out. Before that, he was 4th in the San Felipe Stakes and 5th in the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. He went a half mile in an easy :50.40 this morning, which was the 18th best time out of 19 to go that far. Next?