Work Tab for Friday, Nov. 8: Binoculars Focused On Dream Maker, Princesa Caroline, Bell’s The One

(Dream Maker winning at the Fair Grounds / Photo Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

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.

  1. Princesa Caroline, a 2YO daughter of American Pharoah and trained by Chad Brown, was under consideration for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf before she didn’t draw in from the Also-Eligible List. Worked today at Belmont Park. Went an easy half mile in :49.15, which was the 9th best time out of 15 to clock the distance. This lady won on debut on Sept. 28 at Belmont Park. Ran 11/16-miles over the inner turf that day and won by a widening 31/2 lengths at the wire. Keep an eye on this one. Stakes bound next time out, and this trainer is very bullish on this one.
  2. Dream Maker, once considered at Triple Crown hopeful candidate this Spring, has been idle in the afternoons since running a positive 3rd behind Mr. Money in the G3 Pat Day Mile on KY Derby Day. This son of Tapit, trained by Mark Casse, got his 7th published work since returning to serious training on Sept. 13. Worked at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida, and breezed a half mile in a nice :48.80. That was the bullet move out of 10 to clock the distance. Look for this one to head to the main track soon. Looks primed.
  3. Bell’s the One, upset winner of the G2 Lexus Run Stakes at Keeneland in her last outing (pssst…we touted her on our Podcast with Dave Baker…at 13.30-to-1 odds), has already shipped South to her winter home at the Fair Grounds. She worked in New Orleans on Thursday, going a very sharp half mile in :47 flat. Wow time. that was the bullet move out of 37 to go the distance. In 9 starts in her career, to date, she has 5 wins and 2 seconds. Has won over the dirt, all-weather and the grass. Very talented daughter of Majesticperfection. Lothenbach Stables purchased the 3YO filly from B.C. Jones for $155,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale in 2017. Solid purchase.

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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