10/06/2011 11:06AM

Woodbine: Casse sends promising trio in Mazarine


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse will run three daughters of Sky Mesa in Saturday’s $200,000 Mazarine Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine – Sky Dreamer, Spirited Miss and Sky High Lady, who are all homebreds owned by John Oxley.

Sky Dreamer graduated at first asking in a six-furlong maiden special on the grass before finishing a troubled seventh in the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes on the grass.

“Sky Dreamer had a lot of trouble in the Natalma,” said Casse. “She got bounced around like a pinball around the three-sixteenths pole. At that time, she halfway clipped heels. Patrick Husbands said she galloped out really strong.”

Spirited Miss also won her debut on the grass, and then checked in fourth in the one-mile Natalma under Julien Leparoux.

“We’re putting blinkers on her,” said Casse. “Julien said she was running along nicely, but she sucked herself back and kind of stopped running at the top of the lane. Then, she took off again. He felt that she would have been closer had she kept running.”

Sky High Lady was a wide, closing second in her debut behind the front-running winner over a course that was kind to speed.

“She had quite a trip,” Casse said. “She got away bad, circled the field 12 wide, and ran really well going a mile over giving turf.”

All three are competing over 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack for the first time, and will run as separate betting interests, as is the norm in stakes at Woodbine.

“I think all three of them have a shot,” said Casse. “The Sky Mesas tend to want to run a little farther.”

Rose and Shine, trained by Ralph Biamonte, is stretching out off a victory in the Muskoka, a stakes for graduates of local yearling sales.

Rose and Shine overcame traffic problems in the Muskoka to score over the debuting Dixie Strike. She ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.78 under Eurico Da Silva, earning a 64 Beyer Figure.

“There was a lot of traffic, but I got lucky when a little hole opened,” said Da Silva. “I had a lot of horse. I was very confident, because I knew when I needed her, that she’d be there for me. She was traveling very well.”

Evil Kitten, who was beaten a pole in the Natalma, earned her diploma in a $50,000 claimer on the Polytrack by five lengths, receiving a 77 Beyer.

Blue Heart won her lone start in August in a Polytrack sprint, registering a 67 Beyer.

M’Dearest has been sold since finishing a troubled third in a Sept. 4 maiden route at Del Mar.