No local horses emerged from last Sunday’s Woodbine Mile program as legitimate contenders for the Breeders’ Cup.
But, Woodbine’s first potential Breeders’ Cup representative stepped
up to the plate here last Saturday when Northern Passion captured the
Natalma Stakes for trainer Mark Casse.
The Natalma, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies, not only
offered Grade 3 status and a purse of $200,000 but was part of the
Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In challenge series and earned Northern
Passion a fees-paid berth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“We’re going straight to the Breeders’ Cup,” said Casse, who conditions Northern Passion for owner John Oxley.