05/19/2016 12:10PM

Casse, Motion have more than adequate backups for Gallorette

Lauren King/Coglianese Photos
Josdesanimaux, shown winning the Florida Sire Jewel Princess Stakes, is part of a strong two-horse entry for trainer Mark Casse in the Gallorette.

BALTIMORE – Mark Casse and Graham Motion train perhaps the best currently active turf females in North America. With those stable stars preparing for next month’s renowned Royal Ascot meeting in England, their “B” teams get a chance to tussle on a marquee weekend in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Gallorette Stakes on the Pimlico turf.

Casse trains Eclipse Award champion and Breeders’ Cup Mile heroine Tepin, headed to England with a six-race winning streak, as well as Canadian Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Catch a Glimpse. The trainer has the one-two punch of Josdesanimaux and Ol’ Fashion Gal set for the Gallorette.

Motion also will be making the trip to Royal Ascot with Miss Temple City, who defeated males in the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland. He has the consistent stakes filly Tiger Ride in action this weekend in Baltimore.

Josdesanimaux finished second in the Distaff Turf Stakes last month at Tampa Bay in her first competitive outing in seven months, and first start for Casse. She won 4 of 5 starts in 2015 for trainer Chad Brown, with her lone loss coming when she lost the rider in an allowance.

“She ran good last time,” Norm Casse, assistant to his father, said of Josdesanimaux, who will be ridden by Jose Lezcano. “If you go back and watch the race, there were quick fractions, the horse that won kind of got away with a little bit of an easy lead. We were further back than we thought we’d be. We made a big run but just couldn’t catch the horse that was up front early. Really, we’re happy with the way she ran under the circumstances, and since that race she has trained really well. We expect her to move forward.”

Ol’ Fashion Gal is already a multiple Grade 3 winner who has proven a good shipper, having taken the 2014 Jimmy Durante on the Del Mar turf and the Selene last May on Woodbine’s Polytrack.

Tiger Ride is representing the “home team” as Motion is based at the nearby Fair Hill Training Center. The filly, a Grade 3 winner on dirt and a stakes winner on turf, was cross-entered in the Grade 3 Allaire duPont Distaff on Friday’s card at Pimlico. Tiger Ride is looking for a bit of class relief after recently finishing sixth behind Tepin in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland.

Maryland Million Ladies winner Monster Sleeping also is ready to defend her home state after opening her 7-year-old season with a gutsy head victory in an allowance.

“She’s game,” trainer Dale Capuano said. “She’s better this year than she was last year, at this point anyway, so we’re hopeful that she’ll have a good season.”

Gallorette, Race 10

Key contenders

Josdesanimaux, by Leroidesanimaux

Last 3 Beyers: 90-88-86

◗ Earned career-best Beyer Speed Figure last out, tying her with Tiger Ride and Mizz Money for the highest last-out Beyer in the field.

Ol’Fashion Gal, by Sky Mesa

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Last 3 Beyers: 87-87-81

◗ Making third start off a layoff of more than nine months; second in first two outings of 2016.

◗ Julien Leparoux is on fire lately, leading the Churchill Downs rider standings through May 17, including a five-win day. Casse recently won his 2,000th race.

Monster Sleeping, by Oratory

Last 3 Beyers: 80-87-79

◗ Stretching out to a distance where she is 1 for 3; however, she is 2 for 4 at Pimlico.

◗ Trevor McCarthy has the mount from the rail and will need to use the tactical abilities of a mare who likes to sit second or third.