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No trainer has swept the Darley Alcibiades (G1) and Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in the same year since Pat Byrne accomplished it in 1997 with Countess Diana and Favorite Trick, respectively.

Mark Casse came close last year when Spring in the Air won the Darley Alcibiades and DynamicSky finished a length back in second in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity.

“I was confident coming into both races last year and I am more confident this year,” said Casse, who will send out My Conquestadory on Friday in the Darley Alcibiades and Conquest Titan in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity on Saturday. Both 2-year-olds are owned by Conquest Stables.

My Conquestadory, a daughter of Artie Schiller, beat the boys in the Summer (G2) in her first start by 3 1/4 lengths going a mile on the turf under Eurico Da Silva, who will be aboard Friday.

“I had one other horse win a stakes in her first start and that was Sprung, who won the Natalma (G3) in 2006,” Casse said. “She turned out OK (three wins in 17 starts for earnings of $287,145), but she is nowhere near this filly.

“We have a lot of 2-year-olds and from the beginning we felt she was at the head of the class. I felt the best shot to make the Breeders’ Cup was to run her there. We needed to get her going.”

Casse will attempt to become the first trainer since Ken McPeek to saddle the Darley Alcibiades winner in consecutive years. McPeek won the 2000 renewal with She’s A Devil Due and in 2001 with Take Charge Lady.

The Darley Alcibiades is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. The Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity is a Win and You’re In for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), also on Nov. 2.

A colt by Birdstone, Conquest Titan comes to Keeneland off a victory in the Swynford by 5 1/4 lengths in his first try on Polytrack.

“He trains like a superstar,” Casse said. “After his first race at Churchill Downs, we took him back to Woodbine, where he was training so well that we put him in a stakes. He won that in complete control.”


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