Work Tab for Monday, Dec. 24: Binoculars Focus on Santa’s Sleigh, Road to Victory, Shamrock Rose, Mother Mother

(Road to Victory, outside, winning the Golden Rod as a 2YO / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

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. Road to Victory, a 3YO Quality Road filly trained by Mark Casse, is truly a talented individual. In 4 career starts to date, this one has won 3 of 4 and has a second in the only defeat. In addition, she has already won the G2 Golden Rod Stakes as a 2YO and the Alywow Stakes at Woodbine as a 3YO. Her last race came in the G2 Mother Goose at Belmont Park, when she was second to Midnight Bisou. This morning, this filly worked at the Casse Training Center near Ocala in a blistering :47 flat. That was the best move out of 2 to go the distance today. It also marked the filly’s fifth published work — all at the same location — since returning to training on Nov. 8. Hope this one returns soon. Special to watch.
  2. Shamrock Rose, a 3YO Pennsylvania-bred by First Dude and also trained by Casse, worked at the farm operation on Monday, as well. This one — who captured the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 3 in her last out — went a half mile in :47.40. That was just behind the above mentioned, and it was her second work since Dec. 18. In 7 starts this year, this filly has 4 wins, 1 second and 1 third and has put up earnings of $848,076. Not a bad year.
  3. Sir Winston, a 2YO Awesome Again colt trained by Casse, worked at the Casse Training Center today, too. The colt — who ran third in the G3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine before winning the listed Display Stakes over the same track — went 5 furlongs in 1:02 flat.
  4. Mother Mother, a 2YO Pioneerof the Nile filly trained by Bob Baffert, worked at Santa Anita on Christmas Eve. The filly — who ran third to stablemate Chasing Yesterday in the G1 Starlet Stakes in her last out — went an easy half in :50 flat. That was 24th of 35 to go that distance today. In 4 career starts to date, this one has 2 wins, a second and that third. And, she is already a multiple Graded Stakes placed winner.

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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