Casse juveniles tune up for Grade 1 Keeneland assignments

NYRA Press Office
September 15, 2019 02:27pm
Casse juveniles tune up for Grade 1 Keeneland assignments
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Tracy Farmer's multiple graded stakes winner Perfect Alibi breezed a half-mile in 49.05 on the main Belmont Park track Sunday under exercise rider Amy Mullen in preparation for the Grade 1, $400,000 Darley Alcibiades at 1 1/16 miles on October 4 at Keeneland.

Trained by Mark Casse, Perfect Alibi was perfect in two starts at Saratoga, including a win in the Adirondack (G2) ahead of her impressive Spinaway (G1) score.

Perfect Alibi worked in company with Gary Barber's New York-bred maiden winner
 Violent Point, who was clocked in 49.12. Violent Point finished fourth last out in the Seeking the Ante.

"She worked a half in 49. It was just a maintenance breeze. I was really happy with the way she did it," said Casse's New York-based assistant, Jamie Begg.
 "They both were nice and relaxed and did it the right way.

"The filly she worked with broke her maiden New York-bred and we're just waiting for a New York-bred stakes or allowance on the grass for her. We think grass might be her forte."

Begg said Perfect Alibi will continue to train at Belmont for the time being before getting a breeze over the track at Keeneland.

The assistant also noted that Live Oak Plantation homebred
 Tap It to Win, a Florida-bred son of Tapit who won impressively at second asking at Saratoga when sprinting six furlongs, is targeting the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland on October 5.

Tap It to Win breezed five furlongs in 1:02.22 on Sunday on Big Sandy.

The Alcibiades and Futurity award "Win and You're In" spots to the Breeders' Cup as well as qualifying points toward the 2020 Kentucky Oaks and Derby, respectively.


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