(Bob Baffert trains Vale Dori)

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. Snowfire, a 3YO filly by Tapit who ran 4th in the G3 Schuylerville Stakes and 9th in the G2 Pocahontas Stakes last year for trainer Mark Casse, worked this morning at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida. She breezed a half mile in :49.20, which was the 2nd best time out of 10 to go that far. It was only the third published work since Feb. 3 for this filly, which cost $500,000 as a yearling and purchased then by John Oxley. A ways to go yet.
  2. War Heroine, who ran 5th in the Busher Stakes at Aqueduct in early March after winning the Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita, worked this morning for trainer Peter Miller at Del Mar. The 3YO daughter of Lonhro went 6-furlongs in 1:14.60, which was the bullet out of 3 to go that far.
  3. Vale Dori, a multiple Graded Stakes winner for Team Baffert, worked this morning at Santa Anita. The 6YO mare by Asiatic Boy went 5-furlongs from the gate in 1:02.40, which was the 17th best time out of 26 to go that distance. This one has not missed the board in any of the last 11 starts — including 8 Graded Stakes races. She won six in a row — including 5 Graded Stakes events. This was her sixth published work since Feb. 22. Should be ready soon.