Sweep of Summer, Natalma gives Casse two for Breeders' Cup
Casse started two in the $170,684 Summer over a mile on a course listed as good. First-time starter Conquest Enforcer was well-backed as the 7-2 third choice, while Conquest Daddyo, who had won at first asking on Polytrack and was making his turf debut after running a close second in the C$150,000 Vandal, was a cold 15-1 on the board.
Manhattan Dan sprinted off and set solid fractions for the distance: :22.74, :46.25 and 1:11.06. Rated in seventh early by Joe Bravo, Conquest Daddyo advanced to fourth around the turn, caught the leader approaching the eighth pole and drove home a 1 3/4-length winner in a time of 1:36.61. He paid $33.80 to win.
Sky Marshal, who was blocked and forced to steady around the turn, got up for second by 1 3/4 lengths over Manhattan Dan. Conquest Enforcer was fourth while 5-2 favorite The Zip Zip Man was the last to cross the wire in eighth.
"Obviously, we loved the other horse [Conquest Enforcer], but he had a tall task, especially with some give to the turf," said Casse, reached by phone in Kentucky after the race. "I nearly scratched him but if I scratched him I didn't know what we would do next so I went ahead and ran him.
"It doesn't surprise me at all. This horse [Conquest Daddyo] worked extremely well on the grass the other day. Scat Daddys love the grass and this is a big, long-striding colt that's just going to get better the farther he runs."
A $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga purchase, Conquest Daddyo races for Conquest Stables and will head to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Keeneland with earnings of $162,328.
Earlier in the card, Catch a Glimpse repeated the front-running tactics that landed her a victory in an August 22 prep over seven furlongs and won the $160,432 Natalma by five lengths under Florent Geroux and returning $19.80 to win.
Not appearing to be the lone speed on paper, the daughter of City Zip proved to be just that in reality as she set comfortable splits of :23.63, :47.57 and 1:12.11, and kicked home in :23.84 to win the one-mile event in a time of 1:35.95, several lengths faster than the Summer. Gamble's Ghost, the 3-2 favorite, rallied to edge Caren for third.
Catch a Glimpse heads to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Keeneland with two wins in three starts and earnings of $127,352. Fifth over a sloppy Saratoga strip on her July 30 debut, she rebounded to break her maiden by 1 3/4 lengths and is now two-for-two on the grass.
"I saw her at Keeneland last year and she looked fast standing still," said Jeff Begg of co-owner Windways Farm. "I wound up buying her [for $75,000 at the September sale] and then Mike Ambler and Gary Barber bought a piece of her. She always looked like she'd probably be headed to the turf with her pedigree and she proved us right."
(Catch a Glimpse photo: WEG/Michael Burns Photography)