(Flameaway nips Catholic Boy in the Sam F. Davis Stakes earlier this year / Photo Courtesy of Tampa Bay 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. Flameaway, winner of the Sam F. Davis in his 2018 debut and runner-up to Quip in the Tampa Bay Derby in his last run, was back on the training track at the Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida today. The son of Scat Daddy breezed :48.75, which was the 11th of the 42 to go that far. This one is now preparing for the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, the first weekend of the meet. In 8 lifetime starts, he has 5 wins and 1 second. The Ontario-bred is one of the most gutty horses to come along in years.
  2. Enticed, the son of Medaglia d’Oro who won the G3 Gotham Stakes in his last start and did win the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs last fall, worked this morning at the Palm Meadows Training Center, as well. He went a half mile in :49.95, which was the 20th fastest time in 42. This one may be one of the leading candidates for the 2018 Kentucky Derby.
  3. McCraken, who nearly won the G1 Haskell Invitational last year before losing a head bob to Girvin in the final stride, worked this morning at Palm Meadows, as well. The 4YO son of Ghostzapper toured 5-furlongs on the dirt in 1:01 flat, which was the third best time of 10 to go the distance. Trainer Ian Wilkes is sure to have him ready for a return to the races pretty soon.
  4. He Takes Charge, a 3YO son of Tapit who ran 8th in the Fountain of Youth Stakes in his last start for trainer Mark Casse, worked this a.m. He went 5-furlongs at Palm Meadows in 1:00.95, which was the bullet move of the day there. This one broke his maiden two starts back and was immediately plunged into the deep water. Watch for his next race. He could be tough at a little lesser level.
  5. Timeline, who was undefeated last year and a perfect 4-for-4 going into the Haskell Invitational for Chad Brown and Woodford Thoroughbreds, Ltd., is working his way back to the races. He moved 5 furlongs in 1:01.75 at Palm Meadows. This one is super talented, and may be ready to fire again once the races turn North to Lexington and Keeneland.
  6. Prolific, a talented son of Bernardini, who broke his maiden in his only start to date back at Belmont Park in September, worked at the Fair Grounds today for trainer Michael Stidham. He went 6-furlongs in 1:14 flat, which was the bullet move at the distance today. This one has had 8 published works since Feb. 6 and should be ready for a return to the races very soon. Watch for this one. Talented.
  7. Colonelsdarktemper, a son of Colonel John who won the G3 West Virginia Derby last August and was second to McCraken in the Matt Winn Stakes and second to Irap in the Indiana Derby for trainer Jinks Fires, worked at Oaklawn Park this morning. He covered 6 furlongs in 1:12.80, which was the bullet move of the day at the distance. This one should be about ready to return to the races after running 2nd in an allowance in Hot Springs on March 11.