Work Tab for Saturday, Jan. 12: Binoculars Focused On Admire

(Dale Romans, the all-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs, may have a good one in Admire / Photo 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. Miss Mimosa, a 4YO daughter of Violence and trained by Bill Mott, has put up three wins in just 9 starts and is coming off a victory in the last out on Dec. 29 at Aqueduct. This one worked a half mile this morning, going :50.90 — which was the 32nd best time out of 51 to go the distance. This one may be trying Stakes company soon. Ran 6th in the Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs in September in only previous try.
  2. Admire, a 3YO Cairo Prince colt who cost a hefty $360,000 as a Keeneland September Yearling in 2017 and is trained by Dale Romans for the Albaugh Family Stable, worked this morning at Gulfstream Park in Ft. Lauderdale. The colt went a nice 5 furlongs in 1:01.36, which was the 9th best time out of 51 to go the distance. This one broke his maiden in race #2 at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24. Stalked the pace and finished strong to win by a half-length as the favorite when running 11/8-miles over the turf. Could be a good one. Watch.
  3. Night Ops, a 3YO Warrior’s Reward colt trained by J. Keith Desormeaux, has not made it to the winner’s circle yet after 5 career starts on the West Coast, but he does have a couple of seconds — including the last time out on Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs. This one cost just $5,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale in 2017, and looks to have a real chance to turn out to be OK. Worked at Santa Anita this morning, going a half mile in a nice :48 flat. That was the bullet move out of the first 5 to go that distance this morning over the dirt training track. Bears watching (maybe betting) next time out.

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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