(Sporting Chance, trained by D. Wayne Lukas / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks and training facilities all over North America. We are looking for Thoroughbreds that may be poised for a breakout race in the afternoon. Here is a closer look at some of today’s best works:

  1. Gotta Go, winner of the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs last Fall, but a disappointment in the most recent Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, worked this morning at Churchill Drowns. On a sloppy racetrack made slushy with monsoon like rains the past few days, Gott Go went 5 furlongs for trainer Ian Wilkes in 1:01.20, which was the 6th best time out of 9 to go that far. Don’t know where this one might show up next, but the son of Shanghai Bobby could earn a spot in the Pat Day Mile on Derby Day. Chatted with jockey Chris Landeros at Keeneland after the race, and he couldn’t explain the colt’s 11th place finish. “He just didn’t seem to have any interest that day,” said Landeros, with a shrug. “I really don’t know what happened to him.”
  2. Hence, who ran 11th in the 2017 Kentucky Derby for trainer Steve Asmussen, worked this morning at Churchill Downs, as well. The son of Street Boss went 5 furlongs in 1:01 flat, which was the 4th best time out of the 9. This one won the Iowa Derby in July after running 9th in the Preakness Stakes. He started the year with a 4th in an allowance at Oaklawn Park. Keep an eye on this one. He should improve in the next start.
  3. New York Central, a son of Tapit who looked to be headed toward a promising 3YO year when he won his second start and then won an allowance race at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 19. But he disappointed with a dull 10th in the G3 Sunland Derby for trainer Steve Asmussen. It will be interesting to see where this guy lands next. He worked 5 furlongs today at Churchill Downs in a time of 1:01 flat, as well.
  4. Sporting Chance, who has an odd hatred for the left-hand whip whenever he has been challenged with it, worked for trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Churchill Downs today. The colt went 5 furlongs in :59.20, which was the bullet move of the day. This son of Tiznow looked like he would be a tough out in this year’s Kentucky Derby when he won the G1 Hopeful Stakes up at Saratoga last September — when he nearly duped and dumped rider Luis Saez at the wire. He started the year with a troubled 3rd in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn and then ran a puzzling 5th in the Rebel Stakes. In the G2 Blue Grass, he was DQ’d from 3rd to 4th for his latest bout of “crazy” nearing the wire. Talented. Troubled. Where next?
  5. Emboldened, a 3YO Elusive Quality colt owned by Godolphin Stables, ran third in an allowance race for trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita on Feb. 2 in just his second start. He has been off since then, but got his 7th published work since the last race today. he went 6 furlongs in 1:13.40, which was the second of two to go that far. This one looks ready for a return to the afternoon races soon. And, he is a talented one.