Work Tab for Wednesday, Oct. 16: Binoculars Focused On Dream Maker & Others

(Dream Maker winning at the Fair Grounds back in February / 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. Dream Maker, a mucho-talented and equally inconsistent 3YO son of Tapit and trained by Mark Casse, worked at the Casse Training Center in Central Florida this morning. The big gray colt, whom owner John Oxley bred, has not raced since finishing 3rd behind Mr. Money in the G3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on KY Derby Day. Before that, though, he was 13th in the G2 Toyota Blue Grass Stkaes and 10th in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby. Has been off since Derby Day, but got his 5th published work at the Training Center since Sept. 13 today. Went 6 furlongs this morn in 1:15.50. He was the only one to go this far. Looks ready to return to the track soon. Still has the talent.
  2. Explorationist, a 3YO son of Pioneerof the Nile and also trained by Casse, is on the comeback trail, too. This guy — who won the Tom Ridge Stakes at Presque Isle Downs back in May for his last start — worked at the Casse Training Center, too. This one went 5 furlongs in 1:01.40, which was the only time for the distance. In 6 lifetime starts to date, Explorationist has 2 wins and 3 thirds. This was his 6th published work since resuming serious training on Sept. 7. Looks ready to head back to class, too.
  3. Victory Element, a 4YO Pioneerof the Nile colt that was formerly trained by Bob Baffert, has now arrived at Churchill Downs. In 5 lifetime races, so far, the colt has 4 seconds and a third. Last time he raced came back in April at Santa Anita. Of course, he was second. Got his 5th published work at Churchill Downs this morning since returning to serious training on Sept. 7. Went 6 furlongs in 1:15.60 — which was the only time recorded for the distance. Looks about ready to fire again. Bears watching. I’m taking note.

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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