Work Tab for Wednesday, May 22: Binoculars Focused On Rowayton, Miss Mo Mentum & Others

(Trainer Mark Casse has Miss Mo Mentum getting ready / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

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. Rowayton, a 3YO Into Mischief colt trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, has been switched to the East Coast now and worked this morning at Belmont Park. The colt — who made his 2019 debut on April 13 at Oaklawn Park, with a 5th place finish in an allowance event — went 5 furlongs in a very nice :59.87. That was the bullet move of the morning, out of the first 4 to go the distance. In 4 lifetime starts to date, Rowayton has a record of 1-1-1. He ran third in the G1 American Pharaoh Stakes to Game Winner in late September of 2018 in the previous start. Good one. Look for more.
  2. Miss Mo Mentum, a 4YO Uncle Mo filly who won the G3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine last year for the barn of Mark Casse, showed up on the work tab this morning. She got her 4th published work in a row at the Casse Training Center near Ocala, FL with a half mile exercise timed in :49.70. That was the 4th of 6 to go that distance today. The filly has two “off the board” finishes so far this year, at Gulfstream Park. Last time was on April 13. Look for this one to gear up and return to Canada when the connections thinks she is ready to fire again.
  3. Combative, a 3YO Violence colt that owner John Oxley spent $500,000 to purchase at the Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale in 2017, is still looking to break his maiden. In two starts last year at Woodbine, he had a second and a fourth. Last outing came in October. He got his 3rd published work since May 8 this morning, with a 5 furlong move at the Casse Training Center. Covered the ground in 1:04 flat. That was the bullet move out of 2 to go that far. Still has some work to do, but this Ontario-bred is probably headed to Woodbine when ready, as well.

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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