12/10/2014 2:14PM

Conquest Eclipse to skip Starlet, get time off

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Conquest Eclipse might make her 3-year-old debut at Oaklawn Park in 2015.

Conquest Eclipse, seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, will miss Saturday’s $350,000 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos and will resume her career away from California, trainer Mark Casse said Wednesday.

Casse said Conquest Eclipse will be sent to Florida this month and might race at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas in the coming months. He said he was not pleased with the way Conquest Eclipse emerged from a recent workout but said the filly is not injured.

“In her last work, she didn’t come out of it 100 percent,” he said. “She was fine the next day. I’ll bring her back to Ocala. I wouldn’t be surprised if she winds up at Oaklawn.”

Owned by Conquest Stables, Conquest Eclipse has one win in four starts and earnings of $122,400. After beating maidens in her debut at Churchill Downs in June, Conquest Eclipse was third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs Aug. 30 and second in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Sept. 27.

Conquest Eclipse had a poor start in the BC Juvenile Fillies and closed from 10th in a field of 12 to finish seventh, 7 1/4 lengths behind the winner, Take Charge Brandi.

As of Wednesday, Casse did not have a race goal for Conquest Eclipse, other than planning races that lead to the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 1.

“She’ll get a little bit of a break,” he said.

The absence of Conquest Eclipse leaves the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes over 1 1/16 miles with a projected field of six, led by Take Charge Brandi. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Take Charge Brandi won the Delta Downs Princess Stakes over a mile in Louisiana on Nov. 22.

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Other expected starters are Achiever’s Legacy, Danette, Feathered, Majestic Presence, and Maybellene.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will start Achiever’s Legacy and Majestic Presence. The stable considered running Light the City, who won the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita in October. Assistant trainer Dan Ward said Wednesday that Light the City will be pointed for the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 6 1/2 furlongs on Jan. 3.

My Fiona gets a break

My Fiona, the winner of the $200,250 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos last Sunday, has earned a vacation.

Trainer Walther Solis said My Fiona will be given a break for a few weeks before resuming her career at Santa Anita. He said her campaign could be a mix of races for California-breds or graded stakes.

Races such as the $200,000 California Cup Oaks for statebreds on Jan. 24 is a possibility. She could run in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes, a Grade 3 race on Feb. 28, or the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks, a Grade 1 over 1 1/16 miles on April 4.

“I think she is good enough to go for the Santa Ysabel or the Santa Anita Oaks,” Solis said.

Owned by breeder Terry Lovingier in partnership with Tom Beckerle and Amanda Navarro, My Fiona, by Ghostzapper, has won 4 of 6 starts and $358,100.