Work Tab for Friday, July 26: Binoculars Focused On Anonymity, Cara Caterina, Power Gal

(Richard Mandella trains Anonymity / Photo by Gene McLean)

Every day, we scour the work tabs at racetracks all over the country.  We are looking for workouts that may be of interest and helpful to you — as both race fans and handicappers.  Some of the horses we will be tracking, you will know.  Some of them, you may not know — as of yet.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Anonymity, a 5YO chestnut mare by Tapit and trained by Richard Mandella, put on a show at Del Mar this morning. The multiple Graded Stakes Placed winner went a dazzling half mile in :46.60 — which was easily the bullet move out of 27 that went the distance. In a word? Spectacular. In her lone start this year, Anonymity was second in the G2 Great Lady M. Stakes at Los Alamitos on July 6. Was beaten less than 2 lengths by the spectacular Marley’s Freedom that day. Should be sharper next time out, and bears watching. Especially after this move today.
  2. Cara Caterina, a 2YO daughter of Bernardini and trained by Mark Casse, worked this morning at Ellis Park. This gal — who ran 4th here on debut July 7 — went a very nice 5 furlongs in 1:02.40. That was in company with a stablemate, and the bullet move for the distance early on. Cara Caterina cost $500,000 to purchase as a yearling at the KEE September sale last year. Tracy Farmer ponied up the cash. Bears watching. The dam of this one, Pilfer, is a daughter of Deputy Minister and was a Stakes winner. Lots of things to like here.
  3. Power Gal, a 3YO daughter of Empire Maker and a Japan-bred for trainer Mark Casse, worked at Woodbine this morning. This talented gal — who won the G3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine in her last start on May 18 — went a very nice half mile over the all weather track in :47.40. That was the 6th best time out of 32 to clock the distance. It was her first published work in over a month, and just her second timing since the Stakes win. In 7 career starts to date, she has 3 wins and 3 thirds. Be interesting to see where she is pointed next. Talent here.

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.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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