Updated on 09/17/2011 5:48PM

Nice breeze for Katdogawn


Trainer James Cassidy will spend much of the final week before the Breeders' Cup in England, hoping to pick out future Breeders' Cup prospects at the Newmarket sales. But before departing on Friday afternoon, he was able to watch Katdogawn breeze five furlongs at Santa Anita in her final prep for the Filly and Mare Turf.

And Cassidy liked what he saw.

"She went in 1:01, which was a pretty good work over a track that had a lot of water on it," Cassidy said. "She was pretty keen this morning, which is fine. I was very pleased with the way she went. She's doing super right now."

Kent Desormeaux, who will ride Katdogawn in the Filly and Mare Turf, was aboard for the work, which clockers caught in 1:02.20 over a track rated good.

Cassidy will saddle Katdogawn along with Moscow Burning in the Filly and Mare Turf. The two 4-year-old fillies complement each other, with Moscow Burning expected to force or set the pace and Katdogawn to come running at the end.

Katdogawn finished third behind Light Jig in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon, getting within a head of the leaders in early stretch before being outkicked through the final furlong.

"She was a little too close to the lead last time, but we're not going to do that anymore," said Cassidy. "I'd also like to see her get on the outside of horses next time."

Cassidy also makes no bones about his strategy with Moscow Burning, who comes off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational.

"I'm hoping she'll be the lone speed in there," said Cassidy. "I want her to be in front."

Moscow Burning ran the best race of her career at the 1 3/8-mile distance of the Filly and Mare Turf when she scored a wire-to-wire victory in Belmont's Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap this season.

Cassidy, who will not return to the United States until arriving in Dallas next Thursday, is still undecided about when or where Moscow Burning will have her final Breeders' Cup workout. The drill could come either Sunday at Santa Anita or Wednesday at Lone Star.

Cassidy could have had a third legitimate contender for the Filly and Mare Turf if he had opted to send the 3-year-old Ticker Tape, the Queen Elizabeth II winner, to the Breeders' Cup on two weeks' rest. He resisted the temptation, even though she would have been among the top choices in the race.

"She's an awfully nice filly, and I really don't want to run her against those 4- and 5-year-old monsters," said Cassidy. "I'd like to have a nice 4-year-old filly for next year."

Katdogawn was one of two Filly and Mare Turf hopefuls to work on Friday. The other, Film Maker, went seven furlongs in 1:30.60 over the wood-chip course at Fair Hill.

Film Maker's trainer, Graham Motion, was happy with the work, and he confirmed that John Velazquez will ride Film Maker for the first time in the Breeders' Cup.