Conquest Titan tuned up for his next start in the Holy Bull with a
bullet five-furlong work in 1:00.50 for trainer Mark Casse at Palm
Meadows on Saturday.
Owned by Conquest Stable, the 3-year-old son of multiple Grade 1
winner Birdstone breezed in company with fellow sophomore Coastline, who
was clocked in 1:00.65, second only to his stablemate.
“We don’t normally work them together, it just happened that way,”
Casse said. “Both of them are kind of on the same path in that they both
ran toward the end of November and we gave them a little bit of a
break. Now, they’re both kind of getting cranked back up. We were
wanting a good work out of them, and we got it. They went head and head,
one was not better than the other. Both of them went really well, and
we’re happy. I think they’re both on track for where they’re
Swynford Stakes winner Conquest Titan was 13thin the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile (G1) on Nov. 2, but bounced back to take an optional claiming
allowance at Churchill Downs 28 days later.
Coastline, owned by John Oxley, won the Street Sense Stakes at
Churchill on Oct. 27, then finished eighth in the Delta Downs Jackpot
(G3) on Nov. 23 in his latest effort. Casse said he could make his next
start in the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 20.
“When I say we gave them time off, they never missed any training. We
just didn’t breeze them,” Casse said. “They never stopped training,
they just went through a period where we just galloped them. Coastline
is a little bigger, wider kind of horse, where Titan is a little more
compact. I can see where Titan has grown up, and Coastline is coming
along well, too. I think they’re both above average horses; now we just
need some luck.”
In his last race, Conquest Titan went a mile in 1:35.27 to beat
runner-up General a Rod by 1 ¾ lengths at Churchill. Trained by Mike
Maker, General a Rod came back to win the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby
on New Year’s Day.
“I was very happy to see Michael Maker’s horse win the Derby, because
Titan beat him pretty solidly,” Casse said. “His horse was making only
his second start, and he obviously is an improving horse, and I feel as
though our horse is, as well. We’ll just have to see how it works
“This time of year, you have to have luck. You have to have things go
your way, and have them stay happy and healthy. Every day you kind of
hold your breath. Right now, we’re at a point in time where things can’t
go wrong or you miss out on the Derby trail.”