â€¢ CASSE LEANING TOWARD CLAIBORNE BREEDERSâ€™ FUTURITY WITH CONQUEST TSUNAMI â€¢ TEXAS-BRED W V JETSETTER SEEKS TO GRAB SOME KENTUCKY GOLD
CASSE LEANING TOWARD CLAIBORNE BREEDERSâ€™ FUTURITY WITH CONQUEST TSUNAMI
Conquest Stableâ€™s undefeated Conquest Tsunami will not be trying to pull off a stakes double this weekend.
The son of Stormy Atlantic is entered in Saturdayâ€™s Claiborne Breedersâ€™ Futurity (G1) on the main track and in Sundayâ€™s Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on the grass, but as of Friday morning trainer Mark Casse was leaning toward the former.
â€œIf the weather is not bad and the track is in good shape, heâ€™ll probably run tomorrow,â€ Casse said. â€œInitially, I was leaning toward the grass but â€¦ I donâ€™t think he likes soft turf. Heâ€™s a really big horse and now I am leaning back toward the dirt.â€
Conquest Tsunami broke his maiden by 6Â¼ lengths on the closing day of the Spring Meet here and added two stakes victories, also on Polytrack, at Woodbine this summer. In his most recent start, he won a grass allowance race at Woodbine on Aug. 23.
â€œHe was supposed to run in the Summer (G2 on Sept. 13), but it rained the night before and I was afraid he would not handle soft ground so we scratched him,â€ Casse said. â€œWe put him on a van for Churchill Downs the next day to get him used to the dirt. He has breezed twice there and handled it extremely well.â€
Conquest Tsunami worked a best-of-36 five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Sept. 22 and followed that with a 1:00 move on Sept. 28, the third fastest of 44 at the five-furlong distance. Conquest Tsunami could kick off a big meet for Casse, who won his first meet training title at Keeneland this spring with 11 winners. Next weekend he will send out My Conquestadory in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Laneâ€™s End (G1).
â€œShe is doing great and she got there Thursday,â€ Casse said of the winner of last fallâ€™s Darley Alcibiades (G1).
My Conquestadory closed her 2013 campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Breedersâ€™ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) after breaking from post position 14. She did not return to the races for six months.
â€œShe had a pulled muscle in her hip,â€ Casse said of the layoff. â€œShe ran a good third in a Grade 1 (the Del Mar Oaks) in which she set a pretty intense pace. Julien (Leparoux) is going to ride her and hopefully get her to relax.â€
TEXAS-BRED W V JETSETTER SEEKS TO GRAB SOME KENTUCKY GOLD
Texas-breds generally do not show up at Saratoga, but trainer George Weaver had one land in his barn around the first of August in W V Jetsetter.
â€œHe was a private purchase,â€ Weaver said of the son of Jet Phone who is owned by the R.A. Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing. â€œHe is a big, good-looking horse and has a nice, long stride.â€
Before coming to Weaver, W V Jetsetter had won two of three races at Lone Star Park, capped by a victory in the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity.
In his first start for Weaver, W V Jetsetter finished third in the Saratoga Special (G2) after breaking from post position 10 in a 10-horse field going 6Â½ furlongs.
â€œI was very happy with his race,â€ Weaver said. â€œThe 2-year-old races at Saratoga always have deep fields and he ran well despite being pushed wide in the turn.â€
Joel Rosario was aboard that day at Saratoga and will be again Saturday when W V Jetsetter goes to the gate as one of 12 juveniles in the $500,000 Claiborne Breedersâ€™ Futurity (G1).
W V Jetsetter arrived at Keeneland Wednesday night from Saratoga, where he has had three works since the Special. He will break from post 12 in the Claiborne Breedersâ€™ Futurity.
â€œThe draw is not good,â€ Weaver said. â€œIt is similar to when I ran Saratoga County on the dirt here in the (2004 Coolmore) Lexington and he drew the 14 (finishing seventh with a wide trip).â€
PROBABLE FIELDS FOR UPCOMING STAKES
JPMORGAN CHASE JESSAMINE (G3) on Wednesday, Oct. 8; the race is a Breedersâ€™ Cup Win and Youâ€™re In race for the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1): Cool Comfort, Fila Primera, Late Spring, Magnificent Margo, Rainha Da Bateria, Walking the Kitten.
BUFFALO TRACE FRANKLIN COUNTY on Friday, Oct. 10: Ageless, Eden Prairie, Free as a Bird, Kune Kune (GB), Liz Pendens, Quality Lass, Richies Sweetheart, Sky Treasure, To My Valentine (FR), Vuitton, Warm Breeze.
Invitees to the QUEEN ELIZABETH II CHALLENGE CUP PRESENTED BY LANEâ€™S END (G1) on Saturday, Oct. 11: Aureliaâ€™s Belle, Ball Dancing, Crown Queen, Daring Dancer, Euro Charline (GB), Minorette, My Conquestadory, Personal Diary, Sea Queen, Xcellence (FR).
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