Promising 3-year-olds, including Hall of Famer-trained trio Mark Casse, compete Jan. Tampa . Bay in Pasco Shares for men and Gasparilla Shares for women. Both races are at seven long distances and are worth up to $125,000, with only Florida crossbreeds participating in open events are eligible to receive the full amount.
Additionally, the annual Skyway Festival pass on Saturday is $50,000 Wayward Lass Stakes for older mares and mares at 1 1/16 mile.
Casse runs a pair in Pasco: Rosedown Racing Stables’ bred in Kentucky Champion dream November 6 winner Nashua Staking (G3) at Aqueduct race track for previous coaches Danny Gargan, and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Gary Barber’s Armstrong who scored the final goal in the December 9 Clarendon Stakes against the mixed Canadians on a synthetic surface at Honeysuckle. Champion dream, a gray or wandering son of justification started with Casse for the first time after moving into his barn about two months ago.
“He is training very well. I am very impressed with the way he trains at our training center,” Casse said. “Obviously he’s been very successful; he’s 2 to 3. He won against Nashua—in my opinion, it’s a weak Nashua. So he’s going to have to improve the game. a bit, but he’s training as good as a trainable horse right now. So I hope he’ll run well and be hard to beat.
“Armstrong (a bay by manly man ) is a beautiful horse—both are beautiful horses—Armstrong is a horse we have come to appreciate very early on. He’s Canadian, so he went to Woodbine. He just won a nice race in his last start—he won that bet; he hit a pretty good horse.
“Now comes the question, is he going to run as well on dirt as he was at Tapeta? All indications are that at this point he tackles the terrain well. He’s passed it well at at but running on it and working out on it are two different things.
“Both of those horses – I’m just seeing where their next move is, how good they are. Obviously, you always have dreams about Derby, and that’s what we’re dreaming of, but they have to. prove they belong. Seventh, as I always say, is like part of the puzzle.”
Four enemies lined up against the Casse duo, led by Victory Stables’ Handsome Player runner-up in last month’s inaugural Stakes in Tampa and the winner claims the next tier one option grant.
Casse is trained personal pursuit a Kentucky gray-skinned daughter of faucet owned by Tracy Farmer, is more of a question mark in Gasparilla, transitioning from grass to land. She added a flash to start in front of a quick course in Gasparilla, which Casse calls “a tough little race.” Personal Pursuit’s only win came in an off-court competition on dirt roads in Belmont at the Big A meet on September 22.
“I really think she’s going to run better on grass. She’s just fine,” he said of her performance as fifth in Matron Stakes (G3T) and fourth in Wait a While Staking last year. “I’ve always felt she was a grass horse, but the initial performance on the dirt track was pretty good, so we’ll give her another try. She’s been training really well, had the day before. a beautiful breeze.”
Gulfstream ParkSaturday, January 14, 2023, Race No. 9
- 4 years and older Fillies and Mares
- 4:06 pm (local)