Conquest's Typhoon, Harlanate Sweep Woodbine Stakes
September 13, 2014 10:09am
Conquest Typhoon Dominates in Summer Stakes
Photo: WEG/Michael Burns Photo
Conquest Stables’ Conquest Typhoon, with Patrick Husbands, capped a dream day for his connections with an authoritative win in the $234,800 Summer Stakes for two-year-olds.

The victory in the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In event meant that the owner, jockey and trainer Mark Casse will be well represented at the Breeders’ Cup. Earlier in the card, Conquest Harlanate won the Natalma, earning herself a berth into the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, October 31. 

The win by Conquest Typhoon, a Canadian-bred son of Stormy Atlantic-Swanky Bubbles who was purchased for a whopping $330,000 at the 2013 Keeneland Select Sale, meant the colt earned an all-expenses paid trip to California for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, also on October 31.

The victory was a lot easier than the filly’s triumph, who gutted out a neck decision. Sitting a stalking third while Samuel Dechamplain cut out early fractions of :24.08, 48.97 and 1:14.96 over a ‘good’ turf, Husbands called on his mount turning for home and with almost effortless fashion easily struck the front, going on to win by four and one-half lengths in 1:41.10.   Samuel Dechamplain hung on for second, a nose in front of U S Marshall.

The Summer lost the morning line favourite, Conquest Tsunami, a stablemate of the winner, when he was scratched. It didn’t matter, as Conquest Typhoon carried the stable’s silks to the easy win, his first victory in three starts, while coming off two runner-up finishes, one in the Clarendon Stakes, and another when beaten a neck on the grass in his last.

Favoured Saratoga Dreamer, trained by Christophe Clement, was fractious in the paddock, at the gate and rank during the early running, eventually fading to last in the eight horse field.

“A couple of days ago when I breezed him (Conquest Typhoon), Mark says he wanted an easy half-mile,” recalled Husbands.  “He went in 47.   They said, ‘Patrick, what are you doing?  I said, ‘Mark doesn’t know how good these horses are right now.’”

About his last start, when caught at the wire, Husbands said, “Last time I rode him, I looked to the left, right, (approaching the wire) didn’t see anybody.  Suddenly, here’s comes Luis (Contreras, aboard Passion For Action).  I tried to get him going again.  He galloped out 20 lengths in front of the other horse.   I said please tell Mark I screwed up.”

No screw-ups today, though, as Conquest Typhoon proved much the best.  Last year, it was a filly, My Conquestadory, also owned by Conquest Stables and trained by Casse, who won the Summer.

As the 3-1 third choice, Conquest Typhoon earned $144,000 and paid $8.80, $5.30 and $3.90, combining with Samuel Dechamplain ($7.70, $5.80) for a $66.90 (5-6) exactor.  A 5-6-2 (U S Marshal, $7.60) triactor returned $385.10 while a $1 Superfecta [5-6-2-7 (Less Than Perfect)] was worth $1,826.80.

Not only did Husbands win the two Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In stakes to lead all Woodbine jockeys with 18 added-money victories, he also scored three other wins on the card (Mississippi Delta in the second; Runaway Pepper in the fifth and Check Em in the 10th) to take over first place in the jockey standings with 109 wins, two ahead of Contreras.   Husbands also recorded a five-pack on August 31 of this year.

Conquest Harlanate conquers Natalma

Conquest Stables’ Conquest Harlanate, with Patrick Husbands, needed every foot of the lengthy E.P. Taylor Turf Course stretch before collaring favoured Isabella Sings near the wire to win the co-featured $228,800 Natalma Stakes Saturday at Woodbine.

Named for the dam of Canada’s most famous thoroughbred, Northern Dancer, the Natalma drew a dozen two-year-old fillies in the one mile turf test, with a Breeders’ Cup berth on the line.  The winner received an all-expenses paid trip to Santa Anita for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Friday, October 31.

It was the fifth Natalma win for trainer Mark Casse, who also won with Sprung (2006), Clearly Foxy (2007), Northern Passion (2011) and Spring Venture (2012).
Two longshots, Green Doctor and Appeal to the Win, battled it out early over the ‘good turf’, through fractions of :23.29 and :46.94.  

In behind the top pair off the far turn were Isabella Sings, with Corey Nakatani, while Conquest Harlanate followed.   When the field turned for home, the Todd Pletcher-trained Isabella Sings took over but was immediately challenged by her foe on the outside. 

The stretch run turned into a two-horse race, with Conquest Harlanate prevailing by just a neck on the line, getting the distance in 1:40.61.  It was two lengths further back to longshot Skinner Box in third.

“We do a lot of work in the mornings teaching babies how to track horses and run them down,” said Husbands.  “She left there pretty sharp so I took her back.  She relaxed.   Then I realized Corey may be getting too far (ahead).   I didn’t want to pull the trigger too early but I realized I was running out of real estate.   So she fought, fought, fought and got the job done.”

Conquest Stables, the nom de course for Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell, have spent a lot of money in the past few years buying expensive yearlings. Conquest Harlanate, a daughter of Harlan’s Holiday-Allison’s Pride, was a $120,000 purchase at the 2013 Keeneland Select sale, but is a Canadian-bred from Windhaven Farm.

“We’re in,” said Semersky, about going onto California for the Breeders’ Cup.  “Hopefully we’re going to be in a lot of times.  We’ve got a lot ready to run.   We’ve got a great trainer, a great team.  It was an incredible ride by Patrick, he positioned ‘Harlanate’ perfectly.  She may not be the best filly we have but she sure showed something today.”

As the 6-1 fourth choice, Conquest Harlanate, who picked up $144,000 for the win, more than her purchase price, paid $15.10, $6.70 and $4.20, combining with Isabella Sings ($4.70, $3.70) for a $59.80 (7-10) exactor.  A 7-10-6 (Skinner Box, $11.40) triactor returned $737.20 while a $1 Superfecta [7-10-6-9 (Dixie Twist)] was worth $1,881.15.

Calgary Cat makes the grade in Bold Venture

TORONTO, September 13 - Calgary Cat went from claimer to graded stakes winner with an energetic stretch run to capture Saturday's Grade 3 $150,000 Bold Venture Stakes, at Woodbine.
Trained by Kevin Attard and patiently ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva, Calgary Cat was last out of the gate in a field of 11 but improved position steadily along the rail as Bear No Joke sped a scintillating half in :44.47 in the 6 1/2-furlong 'Poly' tilt.
Black Hornet made a menacing move through the turn but could not maintain his run as da Silva guided Calgary Cat inside of Black Hornet as the field straightened away to score a three-length win.  Bear No Joke stayed on strong for place money 1 1/4-lengths in front of Black Hornet who won a six-horse show photo by a nose. Calgary Cat covered 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:14.91.
It was Calgary Cat's fourth victory in five attempts this season, arriving at the Bold Venture off a sweeping score in a grassy allowance event on August 24.
"He has tactical speed and he followed the race pretty easy," said da Silva. "When you ask him he gives a very strong kick. He did on the turf last time and today he had a very strong kick."
Da Silva's patient steer paid off down the lane.
"I was concerned on the turn that maybe I need to take him outside a little bit, but when I saw the number five (Black Hornet) getting tired I thought that was the place to go as I had a little bit of room inside. It worked out," said da Silva.
Calgary Cat made his career debut as the favourite in the Colin Stakes on July 14, 2012 finishing fifth after a troubled trip when trained by Mark Casse for John Oxley. The Cowtown Cat chestnut made seven starts for his original owners winning twice, before being claimed by Attard and owners Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman out of a second-place finish on November 15.
Following the claim, Calgary Cat has steadily improved winning three of five starts going into the Bold Venture where he realized the early promise that made him the favourite on that career debut.
Calgary Cat, bred in Ontario by WinStar Farm LLC, earned $90,000 in victory while improving his career mark to 6-3-0 from 13 starts.
He paid $14.50, $7.20 and $5, combining with Bear No Joke ($7.50, $5.30) for a $104.70 (2-1) exactor.  A 2-1-5 (Black Hornet, $3.70) triactor was worth $501.50, while a $1 Superfecta [2-1-5-8 (Alpha Bettor)] came back $1009.75.


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