Quick Casablanca Seeks First U.S. Win in John's Call

July 28, 2013 11:35am
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A Group 1 winner in South America, Quick Casablanca seeks his first American victory in Wednesday's $100,000 John's Call at 1 5/8 miles on the turf, his third stateside start. Most recently second in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap on June 7, the 5-year-old Chilean-bred drew the rail for the John's Call, in which he is the 7-2 second choice. Trainer Christophe Clement has named Joel Rosario to ride.


Favored at 5-2 in the John's Call is the Chad Brown-trained Hyper, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The 6-year-old son of Victory Gallop has been no worse than third in six starts this year in the United States, with his lone victory coming in an optional claimer in March at Gulfstream Park. Javier Castellano will ride from post position 2.


Also expected to attract support are Darley Stable's Side Road, second in the Grade 2 Elkhorn in April at Keeneland, and defending John's Call champion Harrods Creek. Most recently, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Side Road was seventh in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan. At 4-1 on the morning line, he will leave from post position 3. Harrods Creek, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, is winless in two starts this year and is 6-1 from post position 10.


Rounding out the field, from post position 4 out, are Star Channel, Alburj, Sandyinthesun, Royal Bench, and Dannhauser. Percussion was entered main track only.




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