05/26/2010 11:00PM

Barracks Road displays potential for future stakes


Barracks Road won't be ready for the June 13 Woodbine Oaks. But the Canadian-bred 3-year-old filly, trained by Mark Casse, served notice that she should be heard from down the line with an impressive maiden victory in a six-furlong turf race here Wednesday evening.

"Before I ran this filly last year I told Phil Hronec, Eugene's farm manager in Florida, that this was our next Sealy Hill," said Casse, who conditions the homebred Barracks Road for Eugene Melnyk.

Sealy Hill would be a tough act to follow, having been voted Canada's champion 3-year-old filly in 2006 and Horse of the Year and champion turf female in 2007.

Barracks Road performed encouragingly enough in her debut, finishing a close third in a seven-furlong turf race here last Aug. 22. But she failed to progress in three subsequent starts, culminating in a sixth-place finish in the 1 1/16-mile Princess Elizabeth on Oct. 31.

"She worked and trained good, but she just didn't get it all together," said Casse. "She grew up over the winter, though. She's a bigger, stronger filly."

Barracks Road, with just five workouts under her belt and coming off a five-furlong breeze in 59.20 seconds here May 16, stalked the pace on Wednesday under her regular rider Corey Fraser. Once Barracks Road made her move it was all over, as she swept to the front and prevailed by 3 1/4 lengths while earning a rare "won handily" comment from Equibase chartcaller Paul Turney.

Barracks Road's Beyer Speed Figure came back at a highly respectable 86.

"She's a very talented filly," said Casse.

While Casse said he does not believe that Barracks Road's options are limited to turf, her first major targets could be on that surface.

The goal would be the Wonder Where, a 1 1/4-mile turf race that is the final leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. It will be run here on Aug. 1.

"I don't know if she'll get a mile and a quarter, but that would be something we'd be looking at," said Casse.

Sealy Hill swept the 2006 triple tiara with convincing wins in the Woodbine Oaks, Bison City, and Wonder Where.