11/02/2010 12:36PM

Tasty Temptation fresh for Maple Leaf


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse will be at Churchill Downs on Friday, sending out Delightful Mary for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, and will stay on to observe the festivities there on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Casse’s son and assistant, Norman, will be looking to keep the home fires burning on Saturday, with Tasty Temptation set to go postward in the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf Stakes for fillies and mares.

Tasty Temptation has not run since late August.

“I had hoped to run her in the prep, but it didn’t go,” said Norman Casse, who conditions Tasty Temptation for Woodford Racing LLC. “This looked like a good spot. The mile and a quarter won’t bother her any.”

Tasty Temptation, an Ontario-bred, was a Sovereign Award finalist last year, concluding her campaign with a win in the Wonder Where over 1 1/4 miles of turf after running second in the Woodbine Oaks and fourth in the Queen’s Plate.

Casse was expecting big things from Tasty Temptation this season, and the filly obliged by winning her first three starts here, including the 1 1/16-mile Hill N Dale Stakes. But the bubble burst when Tasty Temptation shipped to Saratoga for the Grade 1 Ruffian, spinning her wheels while trying dirt for the first time and winding up a well-beaten fifth.

Three weeks later Tasty Temptation was back in the entries at Woodbine and finished fifth, five lengths behind the winner, in the 1 1/16-mile Belle Mahone on Aug. 22.

“I think I probably brought her back too soon,” said Casse. “That race at Saratoga knocked her out.”

Tasty Temptation hasn’t raced since. She has prepped solidly in the interim, with her latest move a five-furlong breeze in 1:01.20 under jockey Luis Contreras here last Saturday.

With her regular rider, Patrick Husbands, scheduled to be at Churchill Downs on Saturday to pilot Grand Adventure in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Contreras has picked up the mount on Tasty Temptation for the $175,000 Maple Leaf.

Tasty Temptation is scheduled to sell Wednesday at the Keeneland November horses of racing age sale.

Casse has 3 for Coronation Futurity

Casse also is taking dead aim on Sunday’s $250,000 Coronation Futurity and could be represented by three entrants in that 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds.

Withdrawal, Strike Oil and Enduring Star, who finished fourth, fifth and seventh at 1 1/16 miles of turf in the Cup and Saucer here Oct. 17, all are on target for the Coronation.

Withdrawal was coming off his maiden win at a mile and 70 yards in the Cup and Saucer. Strike Oil and Enduring Star had each raced only once before the Cup and Saucer, both over 6 1/2 furlongs of turf.

“They’ve actually trained great on Polytrack,” said Casse. “The only reason I ran them on the grass was because we had the Cup and Saucer coming up.”

Blue Laser headed to Delta

Casse sent out Blue Laser to win the Grade 3 Grey Stakes here Oct. 10, then shipped him to Louisville for a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. That plan was abandoned, however, and Blue Laser is pointing for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds on Nov. 20.

Casse sent out Turf War to finish in a dead heat for first in the 2007 running of the Delta Jackpot.

Woodbine route to Breeders’ Cup

Woodbine’s Win and You’re In races produced a total of nine entrants for the Breeders’ Cup, including guaranteed berths for the winners of the Natalma, Summer, and Woodbine Mile.

New Normal will go into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf off her win in the Grade 3 Natalma here Sept. 18. More Than Real, runner-up in that one-mile turf race here, also is proceeding to the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Pluck, who captured the Grade 3 Summer Sept. 18, will answer the bell in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Court Vision and The Usual Q. T., the one-two finishers in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, will go on to the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

The Oct. 16 Win and You’re In races yielded three Breeders’ Cup entrants.

Al Khali, an unlucky fourth in the Grade 1 Canadian International, is in the field for the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Miss Keller, second in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, is coming back in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Grand Adventure, second in the Grade 1 Nearctic at six furlongs, and Bridgetown, who finished fifth there as the favorite, are in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint lineup.

Advance betting on Cup

Woodbine will offer an 11-race card on Saturday, beginning at the usual time of 1 p.m. and with the last race scheduled for 6:12 p.m.

Advance wagering will open for Saturday’s cards at both Woodbine and Churchill at 3 p.m. on Friday. Pick six, pick four, and pick three betting will not be available until Friday’s cards have been concluded.

The mutuels open at 11:40 a.m. on Saturday.

The minimum wager for the Breeders’ Cup pick six will be $2 and there will be mandatory payout on Saturday.

BC television coverage

TSN and TSN2 will be combining to cover all of Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races in Canada.

TSN coverage will run from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. on Friday. TSN2 will host the telecast from 1:30 p.m. through 5 p.m. on Saturday and then TSN takes over for the final two hours concluding at 7 p.m. ABC will offer coverage from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Complete Breeders’ Cup coverage also will be available to cable and satellite subscribers on Woodbine’s HPItv network.