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Untitled-1ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Conquest Daddyo gave trainer Mark Casse a sweep of the two Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re in qualifiers at Woodbine on Saturday, when he took the Grade 2 Summer under Joe Bravo.

Conquest Daddyo ($33.80) raced near the rear of the field in the one-mile turf route, as Manhattan Dan set fast fractions, while being stalked by favored The Zip Zip Man. Conquest Daddyo began to mount his rally late on the turn, and then came rolling wide in the stretch to score by 1 3/4 lengths, in 1:36.61 over the “good” ground. Sky Marshal closed down the center of the course to finish second, and Manhattan Dan held on for third. The Zip Zip Man faded to eighth, in a field reduced to nine after the scratch of Dragon Bay at the gate.

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Bravo flew in Saturday morning for the mount on Conquest Daddyo, after racing was canceled at Kentucky Downs, where he was scheduled to ride. “What a cool little horse,” said Bravo. “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.”

Conquest Daddyo, an Ontario-bred colt by red-hot turf sire Scat Daddy, banked $144,000 of the $226,400 purse in his first stakes success for Conquest Stable. Conquest Daddyo was the third straight Summer winner for Casse, who also won Saturday’s Grade 2 Natalma with Catch a Glimpse.


ConquestDaddyoSummerStakes2015_4MB298Jockey Joe Bravo expected to ride Saturday’s Kentucky Downs Kentucky Downs card, but when racing there was canceled due to excessive moisture in the turf course, he found himself hightailing it to Woodbine Woodbine to pick up two mounts.

First Bravo was a lackluster sixth aboard Silky Girl Silky Girl in the Natalma Stakes (Can-IIT), a race won by Mark Casse trainee Catch a Glimpse Catch a Glimpse. But two races later, there he went on a 15-1 shot, charging down the turf course to win the $226,400 Summer Stakes Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) (Can-IIT) with Conquest Daddyo Conquest Daddyo. “The other Casse,” Conquest Daddyo was overlooked off a runner-up finish in the Aug. 15 Vandal Stakes on the all-weather at Woodbine after breaking his maiden on the same surface July 26, while his stablemate Conquest Enforcer Conquest Enforcer—a buzz horse making his first start—was off at shorter odds at 7-2 in the field of nine.

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But Conquest Daddyo had more to give in his turf debut, and after following seventh behind pacesetter Manhattan Dan Manhattan Dan through an opening quarter in :22.74 and a half in :46.25, the Scat Daddy Scat Daddy colt was on the roll through three-quarters in 1:11.06 and kicked on down the lane to win in 1:36.61 on turf rated good.

“What a cool little horse,” Bravo said. “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 me… He made the lead a lot faster than I expected… 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.”

Sky Marshal Sky Marshal finished 1 3/4 lengths back in second under jockey Alan Garcia, who said he thought the Sky Mesa Sky Mesa colt would appreciate added distance.

“Turning for home I was looking for a hole and that took a little while, but he came with a good kick,” Garcia said. “I was looking for a little more ground at the end.” The win was a third straight in the Summer Stakes for Conquest and Casse, who took the 2014 edition with Conquest Typhoon Conquest Typhoon and won in 2013 with the filly My Conquestadory My Conquestadory. With the mile turf test listed as a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race for the Oct. 30 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) at Keeneland Keeneland, Casse said that event is one he will likely enter.

“I haven’t had a chance yet to talk to (Conquest owner) Ernie (Semersky), but he loves the Breeders’ Cup and I’m sure he’ll be excited to get there,” Casse said. “This horse worked extremely well on the grass the other day;horses by Scat Daddy love the grass and this is a big, long-striding colt that’s just going to get better the farther he runs.” Conquest Daddyo paid $33.80, $13.80, and $7.90 while Sky Marshal returned $9.60 and $6.60 with Manhattan Dan bringing $5.10 while holding another 1 3/4 lengths back in third. Conquest Enforcer, Hollywood Hideaway Hollywood Hideaway, Bear’sway Bear’sway, Hammers Vision Hammers Vision, The Zip Zip Man The Zip Zip Man, and Gigantic Breeze Gigantic Breeze completed the order of finish. Dragon
Bay was a late scratch after hijinks in the gate.

Conquest purchased their latest stakes winner, who was bred in Ontario by James Everatt, Janeane Everatt & Arika Everatt-Meeuse out of the Thunder Gulch mare Hangingbyamoment, for $350,000 from the Paramount Sales consignment at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale. He also went through the ring at the 2014 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale and sold to Springhouse Farm from Shannondoe Farm’s consignment for $150,000. The Summer victory improved his earnings to $162,328 with that 2-1-0 record from three starts.


NecknNeck1GrenwoodCup2015EPBD298Ted Mitzlaff’s Neck ‘n Neck Neck ‘n Neck just got up in the final strides to take the $200,000 Greenwood Cup Greenwood Cup (gr. III) Sept. 7 from Parx Racing Parx Racing.
Trading the lead with Majestic Harbor Majestic Harbor throughout in the mile-and-a-half race, Neck ‘n Neck got past that rival in deep stretch to post his sixth career win from 28 starts.
The victory snapped a 13-race losing streak for the 6-year-old horse, who hadn’t won since taking the 2012 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs Churchill Downs.

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Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, Neck ‘n Neck raced in second behind Majestic Harbor before jockey Paco Lopez sent the 6-year-old to the lead after a half-mile was run in :50.58. The lead didn’t last long as Corey Lanerie, aboard Majestic Harbor, quickly took back the lead after running six furlongs in 1:16.31. Majestic Harbor held the lead turning for home with Neck ‘n Neck in hot pursuit, wearing down Majestic Harbor in deep stretch to prevail by a half-length.

The final time for the mile-and-a-half went in 2:33.64 over the main track that was labeled fast. Neck ‘n Neck returned $5.40 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show as the favorite in the field of eight. Majestic Harbor paid $4.20 to place and $3 to show, while For Greater Glory For Greater Glory rallied from fifth to take third, returned $3.20 to show.

Desvelo Desvelo got up to be fourth and was followed out by Our Caravan Our Caravan, Waynesborough Waynesborough, Turco Bravo Turco Bravo, and Indian Jones. Neck ‘n Neck is a 6-year-old son of Flower Alley out of the mare Bootery, and was bred in Kentucky by A. Stevens Miles Jr.

After losing the first three starts of his career, Neck ‘n Neck broke his maiden on Nov. 26, 2011 at Churchill Downs for trainer Ian Wilkes. His best season came in 2012 when he won four of 10 starts for Wilkes, including three stakes—the Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III), the Indiana Derby (gr. II), and the Ack Ack Handicap.

Neck ‘n Neck fractured a sesamoid in November of 2012 while preparing for a start in the Clark Handicap (gr. I). He underwent successful surgery but only started twice in 2013 and just three times in 2014. The Greenwood Cup was his ninth start of this year and his first victory, pushing his career earnings to $965,962.


LivingTheLife1PresqueIsleDownsMastersS2015CP298Living The Life sure loves Presque Isle Downs Presque Isle Downs, taking the $400,000 Presque Isle Presque Isle Downs Masters Downs Masters (gr. II) for the second straight year.

The 5-year-old Irish-bred mare rallied up the rail late to reel in favored Leigh Court Leigh Court to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Leigh Court, the 6-5 favorite in the field of eight, quickly got to the front soon after the start of the 6 1/2-furlong race under Gary Boulanger and set all the pace, including a half-mile in a quick :45.41 over the Tapeta surface. The multiple stakes winning mare turned for home in front but couldn’t hold off the rail bid from Living The Life, settling for second best.

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It was a perfectly timed ride by jockey Joe Bravo, aboard Living The Life, who was making her first start since July 11 when she finished second in the Great Lady M Stakes (gr. II) at Los Alamitos for trainer Gary Mandella.

Racing in fourth position early on, Living The Life found her best stride in the stretch to finish full of run up to the rail, getting the trip in 1:15.17. She is now a perfect two-for-two at Presque Isle Downs, taking last year’s running and four for four on synthetic surfaces in North America with other wins at Golden Gate Fields Golden Gate Fields and Del Mar Del Mar (last year).

Living The Life was bred in Ireland by Michael Begley and is by Footstepsinthesand out of the dam Colour and Spice. She began her career racing in England for trainer Philip S. McEntee where she won five of 19 starts before coming to Mandella’s care in the spring of 2014. All of her wins in England came over synthetic surfaces. The mare won three of her first four starts for Mandella, including a victory in last year’s Masters, with her only loss coming in the DraftKings Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), where she finished 10th.

After taking the six-furlong Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate to start her 2015 campaign, she dropped her last three decisions and was given a little time off before returning to defend her title in the Masters. Owned by HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing, Living The Life has won nine of 27 starts with career earnings of $791,454.

Living The Life returned $6.80 to win, $4,40 to place and $2.80 to show as the second-choice in the wagering. Leigh Court paid $3 to place and $2.20 to show, while Miss Mischief Miss Mischief returned $3.20 to show.Cactus Kris Cactus Kris got up to be fourth and was followed out byDauphine Russe Dauphine Russe, Miss Tapit Miss Tapit, Pirate’s Trove Pirate’s Trove and Nellie Cashman Nellie Cashman. Ageless Ageless was an early scratch from the field.


StrictComplianceBoilingSprings2015EP298Strict Compliance Strict Compliance got a stiff challenge from Isabella Sings Isabella Sings in the stretch run of the $100,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 5 at Monmouth Park Monmouth Park, but found just enough in the final strides to earn her first graded score for trainer Chad Brown. Off as the 3-2 favorite, the 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief Into Mischief sat sixth early in the 1 1/8-mile turf race, moved up three wide in the backstretch and through the final turn, and wore down Isabella Sings to win by a nose. Pine Needles Pine Needles was three lengths back in third.

Isabella Sings shot to the lead and set fractions of :22.14, :45.81, and 1:10.01 through six furlongs, and had her head in front every step until the final moments. Strict Compliance stopped the clock in 1:46.69 over firm turf.

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“I had to move a little earlier than I wanted,” said winning jockey Joe Bravo. “(Jockey) Paco (Lopez aboard Isabella Sings) did a great job slowing things down up front. Going into the race, I thought I couldn’t lose. At the eighth pole I wasn’t as sure, but when you ride for Chad Brown you know you’re sitting on a good horse and this filly really kicked it in when it mattered.”
The winner paid $5, $2.80, and $2.40 across the board. Isabella Sings brought $5.60 and $3.60, and Pine Needles delivered $3 to show.

Bred in Florida by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson out of the Grand Slam mare Diva Dyna, Strict Compliance now has a 4-1-1 record from seven starts with $302,600 in earnings for owners Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence. She began her 3-year-old campaign with a maiden-breaking win at Gulfstream Park Gulfstream Park, won an allowance at Keeneland Keeneland, and then took the Penn Oaks in May before a fourth-place finish to stablemate Lady Eli Lady Eli in the Belmont Oaks (gr. IT) and a third in the Maker’s Mark Lake Placid Stakes (gr. IIT).

Bishop’s Pond Bishop’s Pond rallied to take fourth, followed by Red Sashay Red Sashay, Cali Thirty Seven Cali Thirty Seven, Jellicle Ball Jellicle Ball, and Gypsy
Judy, to complete the order of finish. Rachel Wall Rachel Wall and Sivoliere Sivoliere were scratched.

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