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. Zulfikhar, a 3YO son of Bodemeister that Bob Baffert trains for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, worked this morning at Santa Anita. He covered a half mile in :48 flat, which was the second best time out of 20 to go that far today. This guy was purchased for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton March 2YO Sale a year ago. Since then, he won a MSW event at Los Alamitos last July and then ran fourth in an allowance at Oaklawn Park in February. It will be interesting to see where Baffert lands this one the next time out.
  2. Ten Blessings, now a 5YO colt by Smart Strike, worked this morning at “The Great Race Place,” as well. This one went a half mile in an easy :49 flat, which was the 12th best time out of the 20. This guy ran a game third to the great Mind Your Biscuits in the 2016 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita. But he was not seen again until March of this year. He ran second in his first comeback effort on March 2 in an allowance at Santa Anita. He came right back, 28 days later, and won an allowance at Santa Anita. He won that 7-furlong contest by nearly 2 lengths and was pulling away at the wire under jockey Drayden Van Dyke. It will be very interesting to see if Baffert bumps him back into Stakes competition soon.
  3. Monthly, a 3YO Malibu Moon colt who was purchased as a yearling for $370,000 by Roy & Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stable at Keeneland September, may be a horse to watch in the coming days, weeks, months ahead. Trained by Arnaud Delacour, Monthly has raced only once to date — finishing 8th in the debut race at Laurel Park last September. He was bet down to 5-2 that day, but lugged in at the upper stretch and was truly snatched up by the rider that day, and faltered. This one got his fifth published work since March 11 today at Tampa Bay Downs. He went a half mile in :49.40, which was the second fastest time out of 8 to go. Probably a few more breezes to go before he returns to the afternoon events, but worth watching.