Mom’s On Strike Works For Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

(Mom’s On Strike at Keeneland / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Carl Moore Management and Brad Grady’s Mom’s On Strike continued her preparation for the $2 million Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on Nov. 3 by working a half-mile in :49.60 on the dirt under trainer Joe Sharp after the Saturday morning renovation break. (Click here for a video of the work.)

“Things went great this morning,” Sharp said of the 5-year-old mare, who galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:02.

Winner of the Bewitch (G3) here this spring, Mom’s On Strike finished second in the Ramsey Farm Stakes (L) at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 13. Saturday’s work was her third since the race at Kentucky Downs.

“She’s been doing really good since her last race; eating well,” said Sharp, noting the mare already has been pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup that will mark her first test in Grade 1 company on the grass.

“I think having a big field of 14 horses would be a big help to her,” Sharp said. “Her last two races, she made the lead and then pricked her ears and put on the brakes.”

Sharp, who has a barn at Churchill Downs, said Mom’s On Strike more than likely would move the hour west to Louisville next week and have a grass work Sunday.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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