07/04/2013 8:02AM

Woodbine: Casse has two good-looking prospects for My Dear Stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse sends out two nice prospects, Sky America and Spring Likeacobra, in the 76th running of the $150,000 My Dear Stakes, a five-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine on Saturday.

Sky America graduated at first asking in a key 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race on Polytrack at Keeneland April 11. Using a wide rally, she made up six lengths in the rain to win going away by three lengths in 52.65 seconds.

“Sky America is a really nice filly,” Casse said. “She broke her maiden impressively, after getting away a little slow. She had trained exceptionally well at [the Ocala Breeders’ Sales track], so that’s why we sent her to Keeneland. We trained her at Churchill, but she just didn’t seem to get over Churchill’s track as well as the synthetic. That’s why we brought her here.”

Gary Boulanger will ride Sky America, who is a full sister to stakes winner Third Dawn. John Oxley owns and bred Sky America, a daughter of Sky Mesa.

Spring Likeacobra is a first-time starter by Spring At Last, who sired two Casse-trained graded stakes winners last year, Spring Venture and Canadian champion 2-year-old filly Spring in the Air, who is entered in Sunday’s Queen’s Plate.

Spring Likeacobra cost $100,000 at the OBS March sale, where she worked an eighth-mile in 10.20 under left-handed urging before galloping out strongly. She breezed five-eighths in 1:01.60 here on Polytrack on June 27.

“She’s shown a lot of talent,” Casse said. “Luis Contreras has worked her a few times. She’s fast.”

Both Casse and trainer Mike Doyle have won the My Dear three times.

Doyle sends out Alovelybunch, who prevailed in front-running fashion in her June 22 debut. In covering five furlongs in 58.49 seconds, she earned a 52 Beyer Speed Figure.

Trainer Ricky Griffith entered G P Ricky and Ria Antonia.

G P Ricky checked in second in both of her outings, most recently to Alovelybunch. She has the most experience in the eight-horse field.

Ria Antonia, a first-time starter by Rockport Harbor, has recorded a series of half-mile breezes, along with one five-furlong work in 1:01.

The maidens Skylander Girl and Holy Wow both received a 56 Beyer Figure when they finished a nose apart in second and third, respectively, in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special race on June 8 here.

The debuting Ginny Bell, from the first crop of Belmont Stakes runner-up Dunkirk, worked three-eighths in a bullet 35 seconds from the gate on June 20.