Trainer Mark Casse was all fired up about the prospect of running Mike Rutherford’s homebred Resistivity in Saturday’s $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) until post positions were drawn Wednesday and Resistivity drew No. 13.
“I had a flashback to the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf) last year when My Conquestadory
got the 14,” Casse said. “I had a lot of confidence coming into the
race, but the post position definitely tempers the enthusiasm.
“I talked with Mr. Rutherford last night about scratching and waiting
for the Appalachian (G3) next week. But right now, we are going to
Resistivity enters the Central Bank Ashland off a daylight grass
victory at Gulfstream Park. On Saturday, she worked five furlongs here
“She trains well on synthetic and last year at Ocala she was right
with My Conquestadory,” Casse said. “I think the dirt is her least
preferred surface of the three, but she does not mind Churchill Downs.”
As for My Conquestadory, the overpowering winner of last fall’s Darley Alcibiades (G1), Casse said she is in Ocala.
“She got hurt this winter at Palm Meadows but it was nothing severe
and she is starting to breeze,” Casse said of the filly, who has not run
since her fourth-place Breeders’ Cup finish. “We know how good she is
and the owners are letting me take my time with her.”
Casse also is eyeing the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) with John Oxley’s Coastline.
A maiden winner here last fall, Coastline finished third in the
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral (G3) in his most recent start.
“I wish he would have been 12 inches faster,” Casse said of the
narrow Spiral defeat. “I was disappointed in his two races at Oaklawn.
The plan right now is the Blue Grass and he will work tomorrow and we’ll