Pletcher Derby

Todd Pletcher holds the Kentucky Derby trophy after Always Dreaming won the race. He trains Magnum Moon for this year’s Derby.

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. Timeline, who was undefeated and highly touted going into the G1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park last summer, worked for trainer Chad Brown this morning. He went a half mile in :49.77, which was the 17th best time out of 50 at Belmont Park on Saturday. This guy, a son of Hard Spun, is now 4-for-6 lifetime, and is owned by Woodford Thoroughbreds. This was his 7th published work since Feb. 23, and he should be ready for a return to the races soon.
  2. He Takes Charge, who ran 8th in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park last time out, worked this morning at Churchill Downs in Louisville. This son of Tapit went a half mile in :49.80, which was 19th best of 26 to go that distance. Keep an eye on this one. He should return to the races for trainer Mark Casse soon.
  3. Sassy Sienna, a Midshipman filly who ran third in the G3 Honeybee Stakes last time out after a runner-up finish in the Marthan Washington at Oaklawn Park, was back on the track this morning at Hot Springs, AR. She went a half mile in :49.00 and that was the third best time out of 20 to go that far this morning. This one, trained by Brad Cox, could still be a prime contender for the KY Oaks if she can land the points.
  4. Magnum Moon, one of the most highly touted colts on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” right now after his impressive victory in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park the last time out, worked this morning at Palm Beach Downs for trainer Todd Pletcher. He went a half mile in :48.65, which was the bullet out of 20 to go that far. This son of Malibu Moon did not race as a 2YO, so he will be one of several potential starters to try the “Apollo Curse” this year. He will race next in the Arkansas Derby next week.
  5. Hyndford, who was 6th in the Louisiana Derby after having run second to Magnum Moon at Tampa Bay earlier this year, worked this morning with his teammate. He went the same distance in :49.30, which was the third best time out of the 20. Watch for this son of Street Cry to come back strong, after his first try at Stakes company.