Updated on 09/15/2011 12:36PM

Casse tries colt in Colin


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Expected Hour and Jealous Forum, perhaps the two best 2-year-olds to compete at Woodbine this year, were both entered in Sunday's $110,800 Colin Stakes by trainer Mark Casse.

But Casse said Wednesday that he will likely run just Expected Hour in the six-furlong dash and save Jealous Forum, a filly, for the Grade 2 Schuylerville Stakes on opening day at Saratoga.

Expected Hour was a $450,000 2-year-old purchase at a Florida sale by the partnership of Bill Farish Jr., George Bolton, Edward Gaylord, and Elizabeth Grossman. A son of freshman sire Valid Expectations, he worked like gangbusters at the sale and was subsequently turned over to Casse.

Expected Hour made his only start June 16 in the Victoria Stakes here, overcoming a rough trip to win going away under Patrick Husbands. His five-furlong time of 58.80 seconds was good for a 76 Beyer Speed Figure.

"He broke okay," said Casse, "but then someone came over and clobbered him pretty good. He recovered from that and was down inside and had nowhere to go, so Patrick just sat chilly on him. Just before the quarter pole, somebody else come over on him and bounced him off the rail. Patrick sat there and waited until a hole opened for him, and then he drew off.

"He got a lot of schooling in that race. A lot of 2-year-olds would have called it a day, but he hung in there and has come back to train very well."

Jealous Forum has won both of her starts impressively, including the June 23 My Dear Stakes against her own sex, in which she earned an 84 Beyer Figure.

"I've entered her just in case something happens to Expected Hour and he can't run," Casse explained. "She's doing really well, and the timing's right. If I don't run her Sunday, then I'm going to send her to Saratoga and get her ready and enter her opening day. I may not run her there if I decide the race is too tough, or if I don't like the post position."

Casse has also entered first-time starter Forum Search. Like Jealous Forum, she's a filly by first-year sire Open Forum.

Rounding out the Colin field are I'm a Little Nasty, Lead By Example, Square Cut Diamond, Rum Splasher, and Spy Hill.

Square Cut Diamond is the new kid on the block. He finished third in each of his last two outings in stakes at Hollywood Park for trainer Stephen Craig, but is now trained by Norm McKnight.