Workouts That May Work Out For You: Today’s Focus On Road to Victory, Haunt, Go Google Yourself

(Mark Casse trains Road to Victory / 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. Go Google Yourself, a 3YO Into Mischief filly trained by Paul McGee, worked over the dirt surface at Churchill Downs early this morning. She went a very nice 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 — which was the bullet move of the day for the early risers. So far this year, she has made 6 starts and has only one win. But she has 2 seconds and 2 thirds to show for her efforts, as well. She ran a huge second here in the Dogwood Stakes on Sept. 22. the only misfire in her career came in the G3 Regret Stakes here back in June, when she was 11th that day. Look for this one to fire soon.
  2. Road to Victory, a 3YO filly by Quality Road and trained by Mark Casse, has not run in the afternoons since finishing a game second to Midnight Bisou in the G2 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park back in late June. That was this filly’s first defeat, after knocking out three wins in a row to start the career — including wins in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs in November 2017, and the Alywow Stakes at Woodbine in early June of this year. On Thursday, she was spotted at the Casse Training Center near Ocala, FL. In her first published work since the last race, she turned in a nice 3-furlong move in :36 flat. She is still aways away, but good to see this talented one back in action in the a.m.
  3. Haunt, a very well bred 2YO colt by Ghostzapper and out of the Stakes-winning mare Cherry, showed up on the worktable at Payson Park on Thursday. In his third career published work, the colt went an easy half mile in :52 flat. It was his second move in South Florida, after first showing a work at Saratoga in late October. This one was bred by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, and has not been sold at any public auction. While the connections don’t show on his work tab just yet, my guess is that he is still owned by the breeders, and that he may be trained by Christophe Clement. Will be interesting to trek this one’s progress. I put him on the stable mail.

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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