Work Tab for Tuesday, Jan. 8: Binoculars Focused On Wonder Gadot, Dream Maker, Kingly

(Wonder Gadot, trained by Mark Casse, worked on Monday at the Casse Training Center in Florida. First published work since her run in the  Breeders’ Cup / 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.  We will keep a keen eye and stopwatch to see who may be working well:

  1. Wonder Gadot, the magnificent 4YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and trained by Mark Casse, worked at the Casse Farm Training Center in Central Florida on Monday. In her first published workout since she ran last in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, the filly went 3 furlongs in an easy :36.20. That was the second fastest time out of 6 to go the distance. Wonder Gadot sputtered home 9th in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff behind her adversary Monomoy Girl, but that should not taint an otherwise spectacular 2018 campaign for this filly. She was second in the Silverbulletday Stakes, third in the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes, and third in the Fair Grounds Oaks — all at the Fair Grounds; she was second by a whisker to Monomoy Girl in the KY Oaks at Churchill Downs; she was second in the Woodbine Oaks before going on to beat the boys in both the Queen’s Plate and the Prince of Wales Stakes. She was 10th against the colts in the Travers Stakes, before returning to be third behind Midnight Bisou and Monomoy Girl in the G1 Cotillion. It will be great to see this filly back in action in 2019. She is a beaut.
  2. Dream Maker, a 3YO Tapit colt trained by Casse for breeder/owner John Oxley, worked this well-bred talent at the Casse Training Center on Monday, as well. He went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20, which was the bullet move out of two to go that far. This guy broke the maiden on debut at Churchill Downs last summer, before falling from grace. He was fifth in the G1 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga in September, and then broke in a tangle and nearly fell at the beginning of the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in October. He never mounted any kind of a run after that debacle of a start, and was put away until being brought back into serious training on Dec. 23. This one may be another few works away from his first start of the New Year, but he is worth watching.
  3. Road to Victory, another talented young runner in the barn of Casse, worked at the farm track on Monday, too. This 4YO Quality Road filly went 5 furlongs in 1:01.20, as well, going step for step with Dream Maker. This one was purchased for $500,000 at the 2017 OBS April 2YO Sale, and immediately started to pay dividends. She won the first three races of her career, including the G2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs and the Alywow Stakes at Woodbine. Ran second in the G2 Mother Goose to Midnight Bisou, but was put away for the year after that nice run in late June. Now, she is on the comeback trail. One worth watching for the return.
  4. Auspicious Babe, who ran fourth in the Tiffany Lass Stakes at the Fair Grounds in her last start for trainer Dallas Stewart, worked this morning in New Orleans. The Bodemeister filly went a nice half mile in :48.40 — which was the third best time out of 20 to go that far. This one has a record of 3-2-0 in 8 career starts, and looks to be on the improve. I toss the last out, and watch for her run back soon.
  5. Kingly, a 3YO son of Tapit trained by Bob Baffert for Clearview Stables, is one of many talented young runners in this barn. He worked this morning at Santa Anita, going an easy half mile in :49.20. That was the 4th best time out of 7 to go that distance. So far, this one has made only one career start — winning easily at Del Mar on Dec. 1. May be ready to return to action soon. Bears watching.

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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