10/04/2013 6:03PM

Keeneland: Alcibiades becomes second straight graded win for My Conquestadory

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My Conquestadory could be headed to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after winning the Alcibiades.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two career starts. One Grade 2 win. And now a Grade 1 win on top of that.

That’s quite a remarkable start to the racing career of My Conquestadory, who became a major contender for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday when overcoming trouble to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes, the feature race on opening day of the 17-day Keeneland fall meet.

With Eurico Da Silva riding for trainer Mark Casse, My Conquestadory followed a win against male rivals in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes in her career debut on the Woodbine turf with a similarly impressive score in the 62nd Alcibiades, a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race. She returned $4.40 as favorite after finishing in 1:45.61.

Rosalind, the 9-2 second choice, was along to get second, a half-length before Battlefield Angel, a 42-1 shot. Who’s In Town was another 2 1/2 lengths back in fourth in a field of 12 2-year-old fillies.

My Conquestadory was away sluggishly from the gate and trailed into the first turn. Da Silva had to check when in traffic on the backstretch, but after he was able to wheel her out, it was clear sailing, and she took control after straightening away down the stretch.

“She didn’t break sharp,” said Da Silva. “I was worried briefly because there were so many fillies in front of me. But every time I needed her, she was there. She just ran so easy. There was no way she was going to get beat.”

My Conquestadory, owned by the Conquest Stables of Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell, earned a Win and You’re In berth to the Nov. 1-2 Breeders’ Cup. Casse noted the filly “has never stepped foot on a dirt track” and therefore is far more likely to run in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, as opposed to the Juvenile Fillies.

“I was a little worried there for her because I thought she wasn’t going to be able to show you how great she was,” said Casse. “She’s an extremely nice filly.”

Ontrack attendance on an unseasonably muggy afternoon was 15,361.




Roman Adamiak More than 1 year ago
Got a feeling that Coolmore, Godolphin, and other big breeders are making calls for this one. Looked like a Derby horse making that move, reminded me of the move Arazi made in the B.C. juv. She won for fun, leading 2 year old filly or colt in my opinion. Most impressive juvi race of 2013!
Roman Adamiak More than 1 year ago
Congrats to the owner Ernie Semerskey, great guy from Chicago with his first time running and winning his first Grade 1. She made an awesome move around the turn with a short stretch and won easy when she had every reason to lose. Eclipse award winning filly for sure. Everything Semerskey touches turns to gold, no exception with this filly. Great job Casse getting her there.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Love seeing Canadian based connections run huge. That alone adds to the betting value of this horse. Its funny how underrated the talent is north of the border
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so good I hope she tries the dirt, but I'll be cheering for her either way
not impressed More than 1 year ago
If this filly is as good as I think she is, she's going to be a monster no matter what race she runs in on BC day. Nice to have the options too!
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Nice win and she's definitely quality. Rosalind caught my eye though. If you watch the race again, she was ready to engage and hung on the wrong lead till the 1/16 pole. When she finally did change she surged forward. Could be a use in the BC Filly especially if the winner goes in the turf.
Eric More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with Rosalind. I needed a horse for that race and now I got it but shhhh. you're going to lower our price lol
EddySealy More than 1 year ago
This horse is the real deal..she had every reason to lose this race and didn't.
fatbaldguyracin More than 1 year ago
Europe better bring some good ones cause she is the real deal.
B More than 1 year ago
Impressive, especially after just beating the boys in her debut. She could be passing up on a possible Eclipse Award by going into the Turf Fillies rather the Juvenile Fillies. Unless they plan on avoiding dirt forever, this would be a good time to try it.
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
The track announcer was a little over the top with his call. Made it sound like she created some sort of phenomenal move. She was covered up, in tight, found room and rolled past them. It wasn't like she was sitting on another gear down the lane.. Nice filly but I bet Baffert has a couple she can't warm up..