(Always Dreaming, trained by Todd Pletcher, winning the 2017 Kentucky Derby  / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby for trainer Todd Pletcher, stretched his legs over the same dirt and sand mix that was the site of his biggest victory ever on Thursday morning. The colt breezed a half mile in an easy :49.20, which was the 18th best time out of 50 to go that distance today. The son of Bodemeister ran second in the G2 Gulfstream Park Hardacre Mile Stakes on March 31 in his first race back since the 2017 Travers. Look for him to pop up soon at CDI.
  2. Farrell, the favorite for the 2017 Kentucky Oaks before running a disappointing 14th last year on an “off track,” worked this morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Wayne Catalano. The Malibu Moon filly ran a tiring 7th in the G1 Apple Blossom Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 13 in her last start. She went 5 furlongs today in 1:00.40, which was the 6th best time out of 30 to go that far.
  3. Jefazo, a 3YO Street Boss colt trained by Buff Bradley, finished 9th on debut at Keeneland on April 13. Shockingly, though, the colt got a rather interesting and troubling ride from an experience and veteran rider that day. After breaking sharply, Jefazo was pulled back from the rail to the back of the pack. Had no chance from there. Watch this one on return. He breezed 5 furlongs today in a snappy :59.60, which was the 4th best time out of 30. A nice one.