Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Next Shares, Stormy Liberal, Mitole

(Next Shares enters the winner’s circle at Keeneland after capturing the Shadwell Mile / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

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. Stormy Liberal, one of the best grass sprinters in history by virtue of his two wins in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, was back on the track this morning at Del Mar for trainer Peter Miller. This 6YO gelded son of Stormy Atlantic went an easy half-mile in :50.40. that was the 6th fastest time over the dirt track there. It marked the gelding’s third published work since his impressive win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs the first weekend in November. For his career now, Stormy Liberal has put up a record of 12-8-1 in 30 starts and is inching closer to surpassing the $2 million mark in career earnings. What a nice horse.
  2. Dominating Woman, a 4YO filly by Dominus, is another nice one in the barn of Miller. She doesn’t have anything close to the resume of Stormy Liberal, but in 9 career starts, she has 4 wins and 3 seconds. She last ran second in an allowance event at Del Mar on Nov. 16. She went a nice 5 furlong distance today in 1:01.80. That was the second best time out of 7 to go that far. Worth watching this one next time out.
  3. Mitole, one of the fastest sprinters in the land earlier this year, is working his way back to you. This morning, the 3YO son of Eskendereya worked at the Fair Grounds for the barn of Steve Asmussen going an easy half mile in :53.20. That was the 27th fastest time out of 28 to go that distance early this morning. It was just the second published work for the colt who has a resume of 4 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third in 7 career starts. His last race came in the Chick Lang on Preakness Day, when he rolled to an impressive victory for his third win in a row. Has not been seen in the afternoon since that win over a very sloppy racetrack. May be a month or two away, but a spectacular runner.
  4. Snapper Sinclair — who got on an absolute roll at the Fair Grounds earlier this year when he ran third to Instant Regard in the G3 Lecomte Stakes, and then was beaten a dirty nose in the G2 Risen Star Stakes by Bravazo — looked like he woke up some in his last out at Churchill Downs. Ran a very game second in his second start off a layup, and a return to the dirt surface. This son of City Zip, also trained by Asmussen, may be primed and ready to go in his third start off a 7 month layoff. I’m looking for a good one.
  5. Next Shares, a 5YO gelding by Archarcharch and trained by Richard Baltas, became one of the best “feel good stories” of 2018 earlier this Fall. He captured the Old Friends Stakes at KY Downs, and followed that up with a wonderful win in the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. This year alone, the gelding has a 2-2-2 record and has won nearly $1 million in purses. Next Shares got his first work since running 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He went an easy half-mile over the dirt training track in :50 flat. That was the 3rd best time out of the 7 to go that far. Be great to see this guy back in action.

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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