Barn Tour: Casse on what's next for his Breeders' Cup starters

Barn Tour: Casse on what's next for his Breeders' Cup starters
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Mark Casse had five Breeders' Cup contenders last month at Del Mar, and he came up short with each of them.

One of the starters was Got Stormy, winner of this year's Fourstardave Handicap (G1), who finished fifth in the Breeders' Cup Mile before being retired.

"I miss her," Casse told Horse Racing Nation this week.

Casse believes her effort in the Mile "was actually very good. Going in, I told Ned Toffey at Spendthrift the day of the race, I said this turf has too much give in it for her to be at her extremely best. But she still gave it her all and only got beat a couple lengths. And like I said, it wasn't her perfect type of turf."

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Casse said he gave his other Breeders' Cup starters "a little time off. Grafton Street and Pappacap started back last week. Credibility started back this week. And I would think that I probably will start back Coinage next week."

HRN caught up with Casse this week to get updates on those Breeders' Cup starters and another promising 2-year-old in his stable.

Pappacap. The Gun Runner colt had the misfortune to go up against Corniche in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, finishing second by 1 3/4 lengths. "I was proud of him. He had kind of a little bit of a troubled trip to the first turn, and then he kind of had nowhere to go. And then finally when he got out he did come running, so I was very proud of him."

Next up for him is the Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds. The Jan. 22 race offers 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby qualifying points.

"That's the route I took with War of Will, and I felt like he was ready for the Kentucky Derby. A couple of years ago, we just missed winning the the Oaks with Wonder Gadot with that same kind of route. So I just think New Orleans is a good place for 3-year-olds in the wintertime. We're going to spread them out. We have four or five pretty good 2-year-olds. I just kind of thought that that long stretch would be also good for him."

Grafton Street. The son of War Front finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and was one of three colts Casse entered in the race. "Grafton Street ran really well. He had a very wide trip. In fact, I was just saw the Thoroughgraph numbers – he actually had the best. Both of them did – Pappacap had the best Thoroughgraph number for the Breeders' Cup dirt, and Grafton Street had the best Thoroughgraph number for the turf. I'm excited. I think Grafton Street's a really nice horse."

Casse is thinking about bringing him back for the $200,000 Bob Bork Texas Turf Mile at Sam Houston on Jan. 30.

Coinage. This Tapit colt finished second in the Summer Stakes before breaking his maiden in October and then finishing ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. He will "come back in probably a turf race at Gulfstream, or there's a stake at Tampa as well."

Credibility."He's still one other than, and he'll come back in a one other than."

Casse has another 2-year-old who he thinks is "pretty exceptional": God of Love. The Cupid colt won the Grey Stakes (G3) on Sunday at Woodbine for his second win in four starts. "I think he's a really nice horse, and we're going to come back with him on the dirt probably. Haven't decided exactly where he'll run."

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