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Conquest Daddyo heads to the winner's circle after the Summer Stakes.
Woodbine Mile weekend kicked off on Saturday with two Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" races for 2-year-olds on the turf, each contested at 1 mile around 1 turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. After overnight rains and intermittent light showers during the day the turf course was rated good-to-firm (GoingStick reading 10.6), with the temporary rail in Lane 2 (15 feet out), under dark overcast skies and temperatures around 60F (16C).
After the gate scratch of Dragon Bay, a field of 9 two-year-old males contested the $200,000 Summer Stakes (G2) looking for automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, with Colin Stakes runner-up The Zip Zip Man sent off as the 5-2 favorite over 3-1 second choice Hammers Vision, third in the Saratoga Special (G2), and 7-2 third choice Conquest Enforcer, the only first time starter in the field.
Conquest Daddyo takes the lead in the stretch.
Also on the card were the Natalma Stakes (G2) won by Catch A Glimpse.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Conquest Daddyo Bravo 33.80 13.80 7.90 1 Sky Marshal Garcia 9.60 6.60 3 Manhattan Dan Wilson 5.10 Winning Time: 1:36.61 $2 Exacta 7-1 263.00 $2 Trifecta 7-1-3 1,655.30 $1 Superfecta 7-1-3-4 4,417.10
Left: Conquest Daddyo in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Mark Casse (by telephone from Kentucky) said, "Obviously, we loved (stablemate Conquest Enforcer), but he had a tall task, especially with some give to the turf. 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. (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. I'm sure it is (next stop Keeneland). I haven't had a chance yet to talk to Ernie (Semersky, co-owner), but he loves the Breeders' Cup and I'm sure he'll be excited to get there."
Right: Conquest Daddyo in the post parade. Winning jockey Joe Bravo said, "You can't make this stuff up. I was on eight races at Kentucky Downs today and the card was cancelled last night. I figured I had the day off. Thanks, Mark (Casse). What a cool little horse. He was so quiet and relaxed. Down the backside I watched the race unfold and he was so content and in charge of everything. When we got to the top of the lane I asked him and he was there for us. The whole race he was like that, in control of it all. Did you see the move he put on those horses? He made the lead a lot faster than I expected. I wish I knew him a little better. I hope I get to sit on him next time because he has a real turn of foot if you let him get into himself."
Left: Second place finisher Sky Marshal returns after the race. The 10-1 shot sat 8 lengths off the pace under Alan Garcia then rallied through traffic to get second. He improved his record to 1 win, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 3 starts, earning $66,230 for owner-trainer Barbara Minshall and co-owner Bruce Lunsford.
Right: Third place finisher Manhattan Dan in the paddock. The 5-1 fourth choice set the pace under Emma-Jayne Wilson but tired in the stretch to finish third beaten 3 1/2 lengths. The Gary Contessa trainee improved his record to 1 win, 1 second, and 1 third in 4 starts, earning $80,628 for owners Platinum Seven LLC and Dan Guarino.
Eighth place finisher and beaten favorite The Zip Zip Man eases across the finish line last. The 5-2 choice stalked the pace in second under Florent Geroux but gave way at the 5/16 dropping back to eighth. The Mike Stidham trainee has a record of 1 win, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 3 starts, earning $35,068 for owner-breeder Oliver Tait.
Down the stretch in the Natalma Stakes
Jockey Florent Geroux sent 9-1 Catch a Glimpse to the front immediately and she set fractions of 23.63, 47.57, and 1:12.11 while about 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Silky Girl and 7-1 Caren stalking her second and third. Geroux asked Catch a Glimpse for run at the 3/16 and she steadily drew away from the field, cruising to a 5 length win over late-running favorite Gamble's Ghost in 1:35.95. It was another 3/4 length back to Caren third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 9 Catch A Glimpse Geroux 19.80 6.60 4.80 4 Gamble's Ghost Contreras 3.20 2.70 1 Caren Campbell 3.80 Winning Time: 1:35.95 $2 Exacta 9-4 70.10 $2 Trifecta 9-4-1 456.10 $1 Superfecta 9-4-1-3 1,233.95
Left: Catch A Glimpse in the winner's circle. Winning co-owner Jeff Begg said, "I saw her at Keeneland last year and she looked fast standing still. I wound up buying her 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. Well, I would expect (to run in the Breeders' Cup). It's in Kentucky this year, there's a good chance the turf will be similar to today with a little give and she obviously liked it."
Right: Catch A Glimpse in the post parade. Winning jockey Florent Geroux said, "I just tried to calm her down, she was very happy. When I asked her turning for home, she gave me a very nice kick and won the race pretty easily. She's not very big but she's very tough and very fast."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Gamble's Ghost in the post parade. Jockey Luis Contreras said, "My trip was perfect. By the time I got to swing out at the quarter pole, I lost a couple lengths there. She broke nice and she was nice and comfortable. She was strong at the end, but she just had a little too much to do."
Right: Third place finisher Caren returns after the race. The 7-1 shot stalked the pace in third under Jesse Campbell but failed to improve, finishing third beaten 5 3/4 lengths. The Mike DePaulo trainee improved her record to 3 wins and 1 third in 4 starts, earning $168,190 for owner Robert Marzilli.
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