08/08/2013 11:57AM

Woodbine: Casse has pair in tough Ontario Debutante

Michael Burns
Conquest Whiplash goes wire to wire winning her debut, the Victoria.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse has two of the six 2-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $125,000 Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine, Conquest Whiplash and Madly Truly. Neither of them should mind the six-furlong distance of the race, which came up fairly tough.

Conquest Whiplash was a $370,000 purchase by Conquest Stable at the OBS April sale in Ocala, Fla. She was heavily favored against males in her only start, which came here June 22 in the five-furlong Victoria Stakes. With Eurico Rosa Da Silva aboard, she darted out to a clear lead en route to a 2 3/4-length triumph in 58.19 seconds, a time that earned her a 58 Beyer Speed Figure.

“I thought she beat them pretty comfortably,” Casse said. “She’s very fast. We’ve been pleased with the way she’s trained since then. I would think she’d improve and be tough. The first time we ran her, Eurico rode her hard to get out onto the lead, and now, hopefully, she’ll relax a little more. She shouldn’t have any problem carrying her speed.”

Madly Truly, owned by John Oxley, checked in fourth as the favorite after breaking awkwardly when she debuted on the dirt at Churchill Downs on June 20.

“She had a tough time first time out,” Casse said. “She dumped the rider in the post parade and then they caught her. She took a right-hand turn out of the gate and got herself left. She made a little move and flattened out.”

Madly Truly drew the outside post again here July 20 in her second race, a six-furlong maiden special on the Polytrack. She broke alertly and parlayed an outside stalking trip into an easy victory.

“She ran more like we expected her to the first time,” Casse said. “She’s really talented. We like her a lot.”

The Presque Isle Downs-based Sweetsoutherndame was supplemented for $2,500 by trainer Tim Hamm.

Sweetsoutherndame was a distant fourth at Presque Isle Downs in her June 10 debut. A closer, Sweetsoutherndame found the mark there with the addition of Lasix a month later, when she captured a five-furlong maiden special by nearly six lengths with a 58 Beyer Figure.

Skylander Girl took the open My Dear Stakes by three lengths going five furlongs here July 6. Just eight days later, on another hot afternoon, she finished a wide fourth as the favorite in the restricted Shady Well Stakes. She is owned and trained by Alexander Patykewich.

Questera won her recent debut traveling five-eighths on the lead, and she was claimed for $40,000 by trainer Sid Attard.

Rounding out the field is the unraced Spanish Flower, who has been working quickly for trainer Mark Frostad.