Tepin, Catch a Glimpse fulfill Breeders’ Cup dream for trainer Mark Casse
Edited Press Release
Tepin, who joined the elite ranks of females who beat the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), came back in good order and was bright-eyed and alert while standing in her stall Sunday morning.
Trainer Mark Casse, who won his first two Breeders' Cup races over the weekend with fillies as Catch a Glimpse took Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), reported that Tepin will get a well-deserved break.
Plans call for the Bernstein four-year-old filly to ship to Casse’s Moonshadow Farm in Ocala, Florida.
Tepin – who is now in company with Goldikova, Miesque, Six Perfections and Royal Heroine as the only female Mile winners – had been entered in the Keeneland November sales catalog but she will remain in training and be pointed to her five-year-old season.
Casse said that he will point the bay miss to the Distaff Turf Mile (G2) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day 2016. Tepin won that race this year and went on to three Grade 1 victories, including the Mile.
Casse, a seven-time Sovereign Award winning trainer in Canada, achieved a major career milestone when he won his first Queen's Plate last year with Lexi Lou, the eventual Canadian Horse of the Year.
Friday he realized another dream by winning his first Breeders' Cup in 26 tries when Catch a Glimpse scored in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. After the race, Casse said that the City Zip lass would head to his Ocala, Florida, training farm for a well-deserved break.
“Now I am changing my mind a little bit,” he said Sunday. “She's still not going to run anytime soon, but I may send her to South Florida and just rest her a little bit there. I am not so sure how she’ll do at the farm. Some horses don’t like that type of rest, so I’m still thinking about it. She may go to Palm Meadows and just chill in the sun.”
There are no immediate plans for Airoforce, who just missed by a neck as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) on Friday, but Casse said that his objective for the Canadian-bred Conquest Daddyo is the 2016 Queen's Plate.
The trainer has aspirations for himself as well, as there is still another big hole on his impressive resume that he dreams of filling.
“There's no question what it is. There's a little race they have here in Kentucky on the first Saturday in May and that's it,” he said of the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Tepin photo courtesy of Lauren J. Pomeroy/Horsephotos.com
Catch a Glimpse photo courtesy of Bob Newell/Horsephotos.com