(McKinzie winning the Sham Stakes / Photo Courtesy of Santa Anita)

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. Greyvitos, a 3YO colt by Malibu Moon who has been all but forgotten since he was injured following his impressive victory in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park last fall, got this 6th published workout this morning at Del Mar Race Course for trainer Adam Kitchingman. The colt breezed 7 furlongs in 1:27.20, which was the bullet out of only two to go that far. The last time we saw this gray colt in action, he was powering to an easy and impressive victory over Combatant in the Springboard Mile. Before that, he won the G2 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar last November as a straight maiden. He beat the ill-fated Mourinho, and the highly touted Beautiful Shot in that one at odds of 19.90 to one. I would not dismiss this one’s chances of appearing in a power prep for the KY Derby soon.
  2. Title Ready, the fourth place finisher in the G2 Rebel Stakes behind the highly-acclaimed Magnum Moon at Oaklawn Park in his last outing, was back on the track this morning in Hot Springs, ARK for trainer Steve Asmussen. The colt breezed an easy half mile in :51.20, which was the 12th best time out of the 21 to go that far. Don’t be surprised if this guy shows back up in the Arkansas Derby or another prep for the Ky Derby. In his first 6 races to date, Title Ready — a colt by More Than Ready — has 2 wins, a second, a third and two fourths. He is a trier.
  3. Zing Zang, a 3YO colt by Tapit who ran 6th in the G2 Rebel, breezed this morning at Oaklawn Park. He went 5 furlongs in 1:02.40, which was the 4th best time out of 5 to go that distance. This guy ran fifth in the G3 Southwest Stakes, after running fourth in the G3 LeComte Stakes over at the Fair Grounds. He broke his maiden in December in New Orleans. Smart thing? Back up and try an allowance race soon. Confidence builder in order.
  4. Cloud Computing, winner of the Preakness Stakes last summer, worked this morning for trainer Chad Brown at the Palm Meadows Training Facility in South Florida. He went an easy half mile in :49.85, which was the 6th best time out of 19 to go that far. It will be interesting to see where and when this guy returns to the afternoon action.
  5. Bolt d’Oro, the preeminent favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby, worked in preparation for the Santa Anita Derby today at the “Great Race Place.” The son of Medaglia d’Oro went a half mile in a brilliant :47 flat — which was the bullet work out of 93 to go that far. The winner of the San Felipe Stakes appears to be getting better and better with each week.
  6. Solomini, runner-up in the Rebel Stakes despite a poor trip, worked this morning for Team Baffert at Santa Anita. He went a half mile in :48 flat, which was the 8th best time out of the 93. It will be interesting to see where “The Guru” — Baffert — places him next. He deserved a better trip in the Rebel.
  7. Justify, the hottest thing on the backside since the invention of bar shoes, worked this morning for Team Baffert. He went 5 furlongs in :59.60, which was the 2nd best time out of 116 to go that distance. This son of Scat Daddy, who will battle the curse of “Apollo” all the way to the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to run next in the Santa Anita Derby? Or somewhere else? Wherever he goes, h will do so with a media blitz. Since selling for $500,000 as a Keeneland September Yearling and turned over to the talented hands of Bob Baffert, this guy has been a study in motion, emotion and promotion.
  8. McKinzie, the unlucky second place finisher in the San Felipe by virtue of a disqualification by the Santa Anita stewards, worked this morning at Santa Anita, as well. He breezed 5 furlongs in :49.40, just a couple of ticks better than his roommate. That was the bullet work out of the 116. Make no mistake, this son of Street Sense is a talent. Welcome to the upcoming Santa Anita Derby.