My Conquestadory a go despite wide draw
My Conquestadory and Juvenile contender Conquest Titan, also owned by Conquest Stables, each galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Juan Bernardini on Tuesday morning.
"Conquest Titan is a horse who we always thought is one of the best two-year-olds we've had," said Casse, whose 15 previous Breeders' Cup starters include 11 runners in Juvenile races and is the trainer of multiple juvenile Sovereign Award winners and a two-year-old Canadian Horse of the Year. "We've had some success with our two-year-olds so far, so that says a lot for him.
"He's trained as good as any horse we have over at Churchill. We were disappointed in his first race (a maiden special weight at Churchill Downs), but he had some excuses and then he won the stake (Swynford) up at Woodbine."
Last out, the son of Birdstone was fifth in the Breeders' Futurity on Keeneland's Polytrack.
"With the (rainy) weather at Keeneland that day, Eurico (Da Silva, his regular jockey) told me that he couldn't see half the race. So it wasn't the way you'd want to go into the Breeders' Cup, and I didn't intend on going into the Breeders' Cup with him, but his last work on the dirt at Churchill was so good we figured we'd give it a chance. So we'll see," Casse said.
Bob Baffert's contingent moved forward toward their Saturday dates in the weekend's major two-year-old races. Tap It Rich, who worked Monday, walked the shedrow Tuesday morning, while New Year's Day, who had put in his final drill Sunday, went back to galloping.
"I think those two colts (Tap It Rich and New Year's Day) are both true two-turn horses," he said. "And, I think it takes a two-turn horse to win that race. Tap It Rich, he's only got that one race, but we're throwing him in there because of his raw talent.
"You don't know with a young and inexperienced horse like that -- he might get dirt in his face and wind up in trouble -- but we're here (at Santa Anita) and he's got that talent, so it's let's go time. New Year's Day, his two races at Del Mar (a third and a win) were both good and he wants to go long."
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