Workouts That Just May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Dream Maker, Mother Mother, Warrior’s Club

(Trainer Mark Casse conditions the 2YO colt Dream Maker / 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. Zanesville, a 3YO colt by Tiznow and trained by Tom Amoss for Rosemont Farm, is coming off two straight third place finishes in the Super Derby Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 4 and the Prairie Mile Stakes on June 8. Before that, he ran 6th in the G3 Lexington Stakes and 4th in the G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks. He worked at Churchill Downs this morning, going a half mile in :49.80. That was the 15th best time out of 31 to go the distance, and it was a pure maintenance type move. Talented individual appears to be getting better.
  2. Mother Mother, a highly touted and talented 2YO filly by Pioneerof the Nile and trained by Bob Baffert, did exactly what she was supposed to do on debut. And, that is win. Impressively. On July 22, she ran off to a near 7-length victory at Del Mar, with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. Today, she was back on the track at Del Mar getting in some work. She went 5 furlongs in 1:00.80. That was the 2nd fastest time out of 39 to go the distance. Watch and wait for this one. She is worth it.
  3. Dream Maker, a 2YO Tapit colt trained by Mark Casse for owner John C. Oxley, is coming off an impressive MSW score on debut at Churchill Downs on June 7. He won that day by an easy 3 lengths despite the fact that he started the 51/2-furlong event the last of six. When he was sat down, though, he ran like a bottle rocket. He worked over the dirt track at Saratoga this morning, going 5 furlongs in :59.33 — from the gate. Still, it was the bullet move out of 13 to go the distance. Watch for this one real soon. Top notch.
  4. Warrior’s Club, a 4YO Warrior’s Reward colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas, is having one heck of a year. He has a 2-2-2 record in 8 starts, with a shocking upset win in the G3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland in April, and near-miss seconds in the Churchill Downs Stakes and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes, as well. Today, the colt worked at Saratoga, going 5 furlongs in :59.03. It was the bullet move of the day out of 5 to try the dirt training track. Looks like his form is holding quite nicely.

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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