09/15/2013 12:53PM

Woodbine: My Conquestadory eyes Alcibiades Stakes after Summer Stakes win

Michael Burns
My Conquestadory wins the Summer Stakes in her career debut Saturday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – My Conquestadory made an auspicious debut when rolling to a 3 1/4-length victory under jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva while facing males in Saturday’s Grade 2 Summer Stakes, nailing down an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 1.

But Mark Casse, who trains My Conquestadory for the Conquest Stable of Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell, is considering Keeneland’s Grade 1 Alcibiades on Oct. 4 as a stepping-stone to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.

“I think from an education standpoint, I’d like to see her race once more,” Casse said. “This race was a one-turn mile on the turf; the Breeders’ Cup is a two-turn mile.”

The Alcibiades, a $400,000 race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack, is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Casse won last year’s Alcibiades with Spring in the Air, who went on to finish fifth in the BC Juvenile Fillies.

Casse also had entered My Conquestadory in Saturday’s Natalma Stakes, the Grade 2 turf race for 2-year-old fillies that was a Win and You’re In for the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, and supplemented her to the Summer at a cost of $4,000.

“I already had two fillies in the Natalma who had run well on the turf, and I wasn’t sure my two colts in the Summer could run on the grass,” Casse said. “I didn’t think the Summer was that much tougher.”

The final time for the Summer was 1:34.81, while Natalma winner LLanarmon was clocked in 1:35.89.

Casse’s other Summer entrants, Matador and Phenomenalmoon, finished third and ninth. Matador, a Canadian-bred, was making his second start, both in stakes.

“I still think quite a lot of him,” said Casse, who plans to look for a maiden race here for Matador.

Phenomenalmoon probably will join Casse’s string at Churchill Downs, where he performed creditably on dirt in his debut this spring.
Appreciating and Madly Truly finished a head apart in third and fourth in the Natalma, with Spring Likeacobra checking in eighth. All three fillies are trained by Casse.

“I think Appreciating actually trains better on synthetic,” said Casse, who has penciled in Woodbine’s Oct. 5 Mazarine, a 1 1/16-mile race that offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $150,000, for the Kentucky-bred’s next start. “Madly Truly got stopped for a second and still made up three or four lengths in the last eighth. I’m looking to dirt for her as well.”

Llanarmon, who won for the first time when making her second start in the Natalma, earned the $20,000 entry fee and a  $10,000 travel allowance for the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Ontario-bred is not BC-eligible, however, and her connections would have to ante up a $100,000 supplementary fee, making her participation unlikely.