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Trainer Mark Casse
Photo: Woodbine Entertainment

Having run well on both dirt and Polytrack, Resistivity may have found her true calling as a turf filly.            

The 3-year-old daughter of Student Council romped in her grass debut at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, leading from start to finish in a 3 ¾-length optional claiming allowance victory.            

Trained by Mark Casse for owner Mike Rutherford, Resistivity ($19.60) ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.13. Zinzay, purchased for $700,000 last March, was second with Patsy’s Holiday third.            

“We had her entered in the Florida Oaks at Tampa last weekend and, unfortunately, she didn’t have sufficient earnings to get in and she didn’t get a chance to run,” said Norm Casse, Mark’s son and assistant. “We think she’s a superstar on the grass. Fortunately, she proved today that she really likes it.”            

Resistivity ran three times at 2, finishing fifth in her unveiling at Keeneland in October. She broke her maiden at Gulfstream on Dec. 27 going a mile on dirt, then finished third behind undefeated Onlyforyou in the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) on Jan. 25.            

Since that race, Resistivity worked four times over the grass course at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, including a half-mile breeze in 49.xx seconds on March 10.            

“She didn’t necessarily like the deeper surface here at Gulfstream, and we thought we’d try a different avenue,” Casse said. “We started breezing her on the grass and she has really excelled over the surface.”            

Casse is keeping all options open for Resistivity, who was ridden for the first time in her most recent start by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.            

“I don’t know what we’ll do,” Casse said. “She actually likes the synthetic, too, so there’s a possibility that she could run in the Ashland [G1 at Keeneland on April 5]. There’s a couple of other options on the turf. We’ll just enjoy this and go from there.”                        

Jock's Sign Poster for Fans            

Javier Castellano, John Velazquez, Joe Bravo, Alex Solis, Luis Saez, Edgar Prado and a host of other jockeys signed copies of the 2014 Gulfstream Park Jockey Poster Sunday morning in the walking ring. Fans lined up to meet their favorite jockey and get signed copies of the poster.            

"It's a lot of fun to meet our fans because many of them are people that we've really gotten to know over the course of the past several years," said leading rider Javier Castellano. "Many of us have ridden here a long time and we really enjoy doing these kinds of things. It's great for the sport."


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