10/10/2016 12:36PM

Modest buy pays off for Casses

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Keep Quiet wins the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes on Sunday.

Bloodstock agent Justin Casse went to the 2014 Arqana December breeding stock sale in Deauville, France, and signed tickets for two weanlings and a pair of broodmare prospects.

Keep Quiet, one of those weanlings, confirmed that the voyage was a successful one on Sunday by winning the Grade 3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland and earning a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Casse secured the French-bred son of Elusive City for $45,455 (37,000 euros) at the Arqana sale, and the colt was placed in the shed row of the agent’s brother, trainer Mark Casse, for owner Gary Barber.

The Bourbon was the second win in five starts for Keep Quiet, who entered the race off a second-place finish in the Grade 2 With Anticipation Stakes.

“[Justin] deserves a lot of credit,” said Norman Casse, assistant trainer to his father, Mark. “Those are the type of horses we’re starting to get a little bit more of.”

Keep Quiet is out of the unplaced Sillery mare Luminosity, whose nine winners from 12 runners include Grade 2 winner Little Treasure, who is the dam of Grade 2 winner More Chocolate. His extended family also includes Group 1 winner Bigstone and Grade 2 winner Rhythm of Light.