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BRAVO WINS G2 SUMMER ON CONQUEST DADDYO

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.

BRAVO LANDS ON CONQUEST DADDYO G2 $200,000 SUMMER STAKES WIN

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.

“SHEER DRAMA” WINS G1 $750,000 PERSONAL ENSIGN

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Taking advantage of an ideal setup in front of her, Sheer Drama recorded her second consecutive Grade 1 victory and earned a bid into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff later this
year with 1 1/4-length victory Saturday in the $750,000 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga.

Sheer Drama, who won the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on July 18, won for the sixth time in 19 starts, and the $450,000 purse earnings pushed her over the $1 million mark in career earnings with $1,368,840.

The Personal Ensign was part of the Breeders’ Cup’s Win and You’re In program, which means Sheer Drama earned a fees-paid berth into the $2 million BC Distaff on Oct. 30 at Keeneland.

“Hopefully, we’re on our way to Keeneland,” trainer David Fawkes said.

Fawkes could only hope Sheer Drama gets a similar trip in that race to what she got in the Personal Ensign.

Stopcharingmaria, the 6-5 favorite under Javier Castellano, and Untapable, the 2-1 second choice under John Velazquez, were inseparable through modest fractions of 24.06 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.72 for the half-mile, and 1:11.51 for six furlongs.

Joe Bravo had Sheer Drama just behind that pair before moving to the outside entering the far turn. She stayed in a tracking position before tipping her out wide turning for home, and she struck the front in midstretch.

While Untapable and Stopchargingmaria faded, Sheer Drama drew away and easily held Got Lucky at bay. Got Lucky was second by a neck over Untapable, who was 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Stopchargingmaria. America and Tiz Windy completed the order of finish.

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“That’s how I hoped it would go,” said Fawkes, who trains Sheer Drama for owner-breeder Harold Queen. “I told Joe, ‘Try to sit behind those two,’ and it worked out perfect.”

Sheer Drama covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.05 and returned $8.80 as the third choice.

“I think we pretty much had a garden trip all the way around there, and I was just thankful for the
setup,” Bravo said.

Todd Pletcher was happy Got Lucky got Grade 1 placed but naturally was disappointed Stopchargingmaria, winner of the Grade 3 Shuvee four weeks ago, faded to fourth. It was the first time in six starts at Saratoga that Stopchargingmaria finished worse than second.

“Her and Untapable kind of went at it a little bit, even though the fractions were reasonable,” Pletcher said. “Javier said he was never able to get a breather along the way. I thought she fought very hard ’til the end, just a touch flat today from where she was four weeks ago.”

Trainer Steve Asmussen was happy to see Untapable, last year’s champion 3-year-old filly, break well for the second straight race and simply is hoping his filly just doesn’t like Saratoga.

“The fractions were by no means too much for who she’s supposed to be,” Asmussen said. “She
just hasn’t run her best races here.”

“MIDDLEBURG” WINS G3 CLIFF HANGER

Middleburg1CliffHangerS2015EPTaylorEjdys298Even-money Favorite Middleburg Middleburg had been knocking at the door of graded stakes success in his three previous starts and finally broke through Aug. 23 at Monmouth Monmouth
Park in the $100,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT). Joe Bravo kept the winner close to the pace throughout on the fence, and the son of Lemon Drop Kid Lemon Drop Kid was moved out to rally in early stretch. Driving strongly between battling frontrunners Special Envoy Special Envoy and Lochte in the final furlong, he was up in
time to get the win by a neck.

Special Envoy, who stalked pacesetter Inchcape Inchcape from second before leading off the turn, hung on for second in a one-two finish for homebreds campaigned by Mr. and Mrs. Bert Firestone.
Lochte, who tracked from third early, held for the show spot another neck back. Middleburg, trained by Christophe Clement, finished 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.52 on firm turf. Runner-up Special Envoy
is trained for the Firestones by Arnaud Delacour.

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“I talked to Christophe this morning and he said, win or lose, to ride a patient race and sit the pocket, and that’s exactly what I did,” Bravo said. “We were confident he had the best turn of foot of any horse in the race, and when you ride for Christophe, you always ride with confidence.

“I was able to sit patient and just wait for a seam to open, and when it did, he ran past those horses in three or four strides.”

Middleburg was a two-time turf allowance winner prior to three placings in graded stakes. He came into to Sunday’s race with a runner-up finish in the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) in July, was a nose second in the Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. IIT) in June, and was third in the Fort Marcy (gr. IIIT) in May at Belmont Park Belmont Park. His record stands at 5-7-3 from 16 career starts, with a $349,360 bankroll. A Virginia-bred, Middleburg is out of Irish group III winner Rum Charger (Spectrum), who also produced multiple grade I winner Winchester Winchester (Theatrical).

Middleburg paid $4, $2.80, $2.20, and Special Envoy returned $8.20, $4.80. Lochte brought $3.80 to show. Inchcape was fourth, followed by Glenard Glenard and Make it Gold Make it Gold to complete the order of finish.

“DELIGHTFUL JOY” WINS G3 MONMOUTH OAKS

DelightfulJoyMonmouthOaks2015EP298Delightful Joy Delightful Joy brought smiles to the faces of her connections in her stakes debut on Saturday, Aug. 22, using a powerful stretch run to score a 1 3/4-length victory in the
$100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Monmouth Park.

After winning two of her first four starts, including a one-mile allowance race in her most recent start July 16 at Belmont Park Belmont Park, trainer Chad Brown shipped her to Monmouth for her stakes debut. Running for Sheep Pond Partners, Robert LaPenta, and Bradley Thoroughbreds, the 3-year-old filly proved up to the challenge, surging past three others just past the eighth pole to complete a rally from ninth to win the 11/16-mile race. Delightful Joy is the latest graded stakes winner for leading sire Tapit , who began the day with 42 group/graded stakes winners.

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In Saturday’s race, White Clover White Clover moved up between horses in the backstretch to take the lead from High Dollar High Dollar Woman, who completed a half-mile in :46.91. In the turn White Cover held off the still-energized High Dollar High Dollar Woman, but the winner and several other fillies were starting their rallies. At the eighth pole, Delightful Joy rallied four wide under Paco Lopez, with four horses across the track—including grade II-placed Eskenformoney Eskenformoney, White Clover, and Tiger Ride Tiger Ride—shortly after the eighth pole. Delightful Joy was moving best of all and drew clear late, completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.74 on a fast track.

“I was told to get a good start and see where I was after the break. I wanted to be comfortable and I tucked in a little behind,” Lopez said. “I knew that feeling with her from the first time I rode her. I just started to get her going and was looking for a hole. When I asked her, she gave me everything she had. She is a really nice filly.” Delightful Joy, the second betting choice at 3-1, returned $8.20 to win, $4.20 to place, and $3.20 to show. Eskenformoney, favored at 5-2, returned $4 and $3 while White Clover returned $5.20 to show. Bred in Kentucky by Besilu Stables, Delightful Joy is out of the grade III-winning Graeme Hall mare Graeme Six Graeme Six, who has produced three winners from as many starters including stakes-placed Cali Star Cali Star.

Pants On Fire may get crack at Gulfstream Handicap

Pants On Fire may get crack at Gulfstream HandicapIt took him a little while to get untracked over the sloppy footing, but once he did, Pants On Fire asserted his class to register an easy 5 1/4-length victory over Megamove in Friday’s $65,000 feature at Gulfstream Park.

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Pants On Fire, who ran a game race to finish third in the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope earlier in the meet, was put under a drive down the backstretch by jockey Paco Lopez and did not respond until approaching the turn. But once entering the bend, Pants On Fire accelerated quickly through an opening on the rail inside the pacesetting Two Is to Many, quickly drew clear, and steadily increased his advantage while being geared down a bit nearing the wire.

“He doesn’t like the dirt in his face, especially mud, and Paco knows it,” said Breen. “He said he had to ride him to get him going and that he had one shot and he took it, then hoped he didn’t move too early.”

Breen said the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap at a mile could be next for Pants On Fire on March 9.

“I have to talk to George,” said Breen referring to owner George Hall. “But it’s definitely a possibility.”

Authenticity earns stakes shot

Authenticity is likely stakes bound after registering a 17 1/2-length allowance victory going 1 1/16 miles on Thursday. The start was only the fifth for the 6-year-old Authenticity, who began her career with trainer Ian Wilkes and was idle nearly 18 months before returning to finish third while with trainer Todd Pletcher for the first time on Jan. 21.

“I think the inside post going a one-turn mile hurt her the first time back,” said Pletcher. “She didn’t jump away from the gate well and kind of got jammed in behind horses the whole way. She’s a two-turn filly.”

Emollient overcomes rough trip

Emollient, who had an eventful trip when finishing second in her 2-year-old finale in the Grade 2 Demoiselle, found the going even tougher when launching her 3-year-old campaign under allowance conditions here Saturday. But to her credit, she overcame a world of trouble to run down the pacesetting Majestic River to win her local bow under jockey Joel Rosario.

“She had a rough trip,” was trainer Bill Mott’s first reaction after the race. “You hate to see them get banged up. It was rough on the first turn and rough on the second turn.”

Mott said he will consider the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks at 1 1/8 miles for Emollient’s next start on March 30.

Itsmyluckyday pulls away in Gulfstream Park Derby

Cory MoranHALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Itsmyluckyday made the first Derby of the new year a memorable one Tuesday when celebrating his third birthday with the easiest kind of victory in Tuesday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby.

Itsmyluckyday, a son of Lawyer Ron, stalked a fast pace  before drawing away under confident handling by jockey Paco Lopez to win the one-mile Gulfstream Park Derby by 6 3/4  lengths over Sr. Quisqueyano. Pacesetter Undrafted staggered home a tiring and well-beaten third.

The Gulfstream Park Derby scratched down to six starters from an original field of eight 3-year-olds when the undefeated Purple Egg and Uptown Anthem were scratched earlier in the day.

The Gulfstream Park Derby was the fourth victory and third stakes win for Itsmyluckyday who closed out his juvenile campaign finishing a wide-running fourth on the turf in the Dania Beach just two weeks earlier.  Itsmyluckyday is owned in partnership by Laurie Plesa and the Trilogy Stable and trained by Eddie Plesa Jr.  He completed the mile over a fast track in 1:34.39 and returned $8.20.

“Paco thinks this horse is better on the turf, I have a problem with that, I know how good this horse has been training on the dirt,” Plesa said. “When I looked up at the fractions, I was somewhat concerned, but he just kept on going. I was very pleased with his effort.”

Plesa made no commitments for Itsmyluckyday’s next start other than to say it will be on the dirt.

“We’ll re-evaluate and see what our options are,” Plesa said. “You’ve got the next race coming up here [Holy Bull] and the one at Tampa [Sam F. Davis]. He’s had a full schedule. Let’s see how he comes out of this race, and we’ll go from there.”

Ginger Brew: Tuttipaesi closes in stretch

Tuttipaesi finished full of run down the center of the course to register a two-length victory over Wave Theory when making her U.S. debut here Tuesday in the $75,000 Ginger Brew. Discreet Marq set the pace to midstretch and finished another three parts of a length further back in third.

Tuttipaesi, the first horse owned by the Valor Ladies LLC, paid $18 after completing a mile over a firm course in 1:42.20 under jockey Alan Garcia.  She is trained by Graham Motion.

French Lass Kya One Angles to My Charmer Win

Kya One My Charmer Handicap 2012French import Kya One, making her second start in the United States, came from off the pace to register a 1 1/4-length victory as the favorite in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Calder Casino and Race Course Nov. 22 (VIDEO).

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Paco Lopez guided the 4-year-old daughter of One Cool Cat, a son of Storm Cat, to victory for Mackie Racing and trainer Chad Brown. The bay filly, bred in France by Ecurie D., is out of the unraced Thunder Gulch   mare Kya Gulch.

Kya One was timed in 1:47.40 over firm ground for the Thanksgiving Day My Charmer, a 1 1/8-mile test for fillies and mares.

A minor stakes winner and group-placed in France, where she won five of 19 starts with seven placings, Kya One made her U.S. racing debut at Belmont Park Sept. 15 with a fifth-place effort in the Noble Damsel (gr. IIIT).

Kya One was rematched with Naples Bay, the winner of the one-mile Noble Damsel, and clearly appreciated the extra furlong. Saving ground while reserved toward the rear of the pack, Lopez angled Kya One to the outside for the drive. She responded to urging approaching mid-stretch to sweep past Naples Bay leaving the eighth pole and won with something left as the 9-5 choice.

“My plan was to put her wherever I could in the race, so I just let the other fillies go and she settled nicely behind,” Lopez said. “At the three-eighths pole I had a good position, and then when I pushed, my filly started running hard. She tried real hard from the mile to the mile and a sixteenth, and she finished strong.”

Naples Bay, stalking pacesetters Wicked Night and Speak Easy Gal in third for Luis Saez, took a narrow edge rounding the far turn and maintained her advantage before giving way to the winner. She held off the Irish-bred Janicellaine and Gabriel Saez for second by a neck, with Hooh Why fourth.

Callmethesqueeze, Speak Easy Gal, and Wicked Night completed the order in the field of seven. Wicked Night led Speak Easy Gal through opening fractions of :23.14 and :47.16 before Speak Easy Gal took a brief lead while completing six furlongs in 1:11.63.

Kya One earned $60,760 for her sixth victory from 21 starts and has now banked $234,168. She has won three of four starts at the nine-furlong distance.

Carrying 116 pounds, three fewer than Naples Bay, the winner paid $5.60, $3.20, and $2.40. Naples Bay, the 2-1 second choice, returned $3.60 and $2.80 while rounding out a $17.20 exacta. Janicellaine paid $3 to show.

Calder: Kya One scores first U.S. victory in My Charmer Handicap

Kya One Paco Lopez JockeyKya One, evidently, needed just one test drive to get the hang of American racing. The 4-year-old French import turned in a professional performance and wore down Naples Bay to win the Grade 3, $100,000 My Charmer Handicap on Thursday at Calder Race Course.

A 4-year-old filly bred in France and raced overseas for the first 19 starts of her career, Kya One came to trainer Chad Brown earlier this year and made her North American debut in the Noble Damsel Stakes on Sept. 15 at Belmont, finishing a decent fifth of nine after falling far back in the early going. Saturday, she stuck much closer to the pace, racing in sixth as longshot Wicked Night set splits of 23.14 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.16 for the first half.

Pressing Speak Easy Gal briefly took the lead, but couldn’t hold it as Naples Bay, the 2-1 second choice, reached the front in midstretch. But jockey Paco Lopez had Kya One rolling, too, and swinging off the hedge for running room, Kya One ran down Naples Bay and went on to a 1 1/4-length win, with Janicellaine a neck back in third.

Winning time for 1 1/8 miles on firm turf was 1:47.40. Kya One, the favorite, paid $5.60 to win. A daughter of One Cool Cat bred by Ecurie D, Kya One is owned by Mackie Racing.

Delta Princess: Rose to Gold reaffirms affinity for dirt

Paco Lopez VINTON, La. – Rose to Gold returned to dirt on Saturday and got back in the win column when she held off Touch Magic by a half-length in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess for 2-year-old fillies at Delta Downs. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third to Sittin At the Bar.

Rose to Gold ($7.60) was always prominent, tracking the leaders through fractions of 23.49 seconds for the opening quarter, 48.49 for the half-mile, and 1:13.85 for six furlongs. Rose to Gold took the lead in the stretch and covered the mile in 1:39.38.

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The effort was in sharp contrast from her last start, when she finished 12th in the Grade 1 Alcibiades run on Polytrack at Keeneland. Prior to that race she had won back-to-back stakes at Calder, by a combined margin of 26 lengths. The races were the first two starts of her career, and both were on dirt.

“The difference was today she was on a surface that she likes,” said Sal Santoro, who trains Rose to Gold for Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti. “The Polytrack was just not her thing.

“I was confident going into this race. I know the filly, she gives 110 percent. So, I was confident, but there were some great fillies in the race.”

Santoro said Rose to Gold’s next start is to be determined, but the objectives for her this winter are the Grade 2, $250,000 Davona Dale on Feb. 23 and the Grade 2, $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks on March 30. Both races are at Gulfstream Park.

Paco Lopez rode Rose to Gold for the first time Saturday. Rose to Gold earned $300,000 for her win, to push her career earnings to $372,889. She is now 3 for 4.

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