Pletcher Derby

Todd Pletcher holds the Kentucky Derby trophy after Always Dreaming won the race.

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. Syndergaard, a 4YO colt by Majesticperfection trained by Todd Pletcher, won a couple of races in 2016 and had a nice second in the G1 Champagne Stakes to Practical Joke when beaten only a nose. He ran fifth that year in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile to Classic Empire and beat the likes of Three Rules, Gormley and others. Much was anticipated of this one when he turned 3 in 2017. Instead, he only ran three times — with the best finish coming in the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park in May when second to other NY-breds only. Today, he got his fourth published work since March 2, going a half mile at Belmont Park in :50.88. That was the 33rd best time out of 50 to go the distance.
  2. Multiplier, a 4YO colt by The Factor, won the G3 Illinois Derby a year ago and then ran 6th in the Preakness Stakes to Cloud Computing. After that, he tailed off considerably, running 10th in the Belmont Stakes. He has run twice this year, with a third in an allowance at Santa Anita and a 7th in the Essex Stakes at Oaklawn Park. But he was back on the track at Del Mar this morning for trainer Peter Miller. He went 6-furlongs in 1:12.80 — which was the bullet work for the distance. It will be interesting to see where this flashy guy ends up next.
  3. Yoshida, a 4YO colt by the Japanese sire Heart’s Cry, turned into one of the best grass horses in the United States a year ago. He won the Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 7 after running a game second in the G3 Saranac Stakes and the G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga. He got his 6th published work since March 6 today at Payson Park in South Florida. He went 5 furlongs on the dirt in 1:03.80, which was the 4th best time out of 7. He should be getting closer to making his 2018 debut.
  4. Faypien, a 4YO filly by Ghostzapper, started her 2018 campaign in style for Team Baffert by winning the Harry Henson Handicap at Sunland Park on March 25. It was her first start since running 7th in the G1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. This one did win the G2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita last year, and was second in both the G1 Longines Test Stakes at Saratoga and the Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos last year, as well. She worked this morning at Santa Anita, going 5-furlongs in a snappy :59.20, which was the bullet work out of 13 to go that far.