(Enticed edges Tiz Mischief in the KY Jockey Club at Churchill Downs last fall / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Chaos Theory, a 3YO son of Curlin who is highly touted, won on debut at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 18. Went 5.5-furlongs on the grass that day and pulled away to an easy and impressive win. Trainer Mark Casse has been looking for the right spot to bring this one back to race action. He breezed this morning at the Fair Grounds in impressive fashion, going a half mile in :48 flat. That was the 6th best time out of 56 to go that distance. This guy brought $260,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale as a weanling, when consigned by Bluewater Sales. Watch for this one’s return to the afternoon.
  2. Telekinesis, another talented 3YO colt from the barn of Casse, worked this morning at the Fair Grounds, as well. He went a half mile in :49 flat, which was 21st of 56. He recently ran third in an allowance event in New Orleans against older colts and geldings. He was an impressive winner on Feb. 9, and may turn up in a Stakes event soon. The son of Ghostzapper is another owned by the Stonestreet Stables, LLC. This one was purchased off the Eaton Sales consignment at the same November Sale at Keeneland in 2015. He brought $470,000.
  3. Heavenly Love, a 3YO Malibu Moon filly trained by Casse, has been extremely disappointing since winning the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland last fall. Since then, she has run 11th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies; 5th in the Silverbulletday Stakes at the Fair Grounds; and 7th in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes. She was back on the track in New Orleans today and she looked impressive, breezing 5-furlongs in :59.80 — which was the third fastest time out of 46 to go that far. It will be interesting to see where the connections try her next, but Keeneland is coming up soon.
  4. Prolific, a 3YO son of Bernardini, broke his maiden in impressive fashion at first asking last September at Belmont Park. He has not been seen in the afternoon since, but got his 7th published work since Feb. 6 today at the Fair Grounds for trainer Michael Stidham. He breezed 6-furlongs in 1:12.80. That was the bullet work, and, by all appearances, he looks ready to return to the afternoon events.
  5. Cache, a 3YO Distorted Humor filly trained by Mark Hennig for Courtlandt Farms, got second work since running fifth in the G2 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 3. She breezed a half mile at Gulfstream in :48.90, which was the 14th best time out of 27 to go that far. This one was mighty impressive in winning on debut in South Florida. Look for her return in early April.
  6. Strike Power, who has been on a real tear this spring for the Henning barn, worked this morning in final preparation for the Florida Deby, which will be held at Gulfstream Park on March 31. The Speighstown colt — who won the G3 Swale Stakes in front-running style and then came back to post a solid second to Promises Fulfilled in the G2 Fountain of Youth — covered a half mile in a nifty :47.87, which was the bullet work out of 27 to go that far. This guy does have speed to burn, and may be a forward presence in the Florida Derby.
  7. Enticed, the 3O colt by Medaglia d’Oro who won the G3 Gotham Stakes in his last outing and now appears to be one of the major factors for the Kentucky Derby, trained this morning in South Florida for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. The colt covered a half mile in an easy :49.60 at the Palm Meadows Training Center. That was the 13th best time out the 36 to go that distance. This guy won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last November, and that race has already produced some nice colts on the “Road to the KY Derby.” Such as: Promises Fulfilled (3rd), Reride (6th), Quip (7th), Bravazo (10th), Gotta Go (13th).
  8. McCraken, now a 4YO son of Ghostzapper who nearly won the Haskell Invitational last year at Monmouth Park for trainer Ian Wilkes, worked this morning at Palm Meadows. He went 5-furlongs in 1:02.45, which was the 5th best time out of 13. It was the fourth published work for him since Feb. 27. The colt has not run since finishing third to The Player in the Fayette Stakes at Keeneland last October.