Back-to-back victories to close out Friday’s card, the first by Holy
Lute in the El Cajon Stakes, provided a late-in-the-meeting boost for
trainer Jim Cassidy
’s stable. David Flores
was up as Holy Lute
favored Fury Kapcori in the El Cajon and guided Van Dien Avenue
half-length win in the nightcap.
“We had a lot of fun,” Cassidy said. “It was very well done, David
rode well and I told all my (stable crew) great job. And the horses seem
to be really good this morning.”
Holy Lute had provided Cassidy his only previous victory of the
meeting, winning by 2 ¼ lengths at 6 ½ furlongs on August 10 in his
second career start. Cassidy had no reservations about the son of
Midnight Lute making the step from a maiden race to a $100,000 stake.
“I’ve been high on this colt from the beginning. It would be nice to
have a little seasoning, but I thought he could handle it pretty well,”
Cassidy said. “I told the owners I thought he would run great and if he
didn’t win I’d be disappointed. It worked out.”
Holy Lute will likely be seen next in an early stakes at the Santa
Anita fall meeting. A good performance there, Cassidy said, and
consideration would be given for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.