Catch a Glimpse Faces Tough Task in Oaks

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Catch a Glimpse after winning the 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Canada’s 2015 Horse of the Year, Catch a Glimpse, will face her toughest challenge since winning last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in the $1 million, Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes on July 9 at Belmont Park.

Gary Barber’s, Michael James Ambler’s, and Windways Farm’s Catch a Glimpse will put her streak of six straight graded stakes wins and seven victories overall on the line when she faces some top international 3-year-old fillies, including classic-placed, Group 1 winner Ballydoyle in an expected field of 13 going 1 1/4 miles on the inner turf.

After closing last season with victories in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland to lock up Horse of the Year, champion 2-year-old filly, and champion turf female honors in Canada, the City Zip   filly has reeled off four Grade 3 wins on four different courses to open 2016 for trainer Mark Casse.

Catch a Glimpse winning Penn Mile Stakes. (Eclipse Sportswire)

In her most recent start, Catch a Glimpse easily defeated males in the $500,000 Penn Mile Stakes on June 4 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. Since scoring that 2 1/4-length win over stablemate Airoforce, Catch a Glimpse has worked three times on the dirt at Keeneland — earning the bullet going a half-mile in :48 on June 18 and at five furlongs in :59 on June 25 — as she prepares for her first start beyond 1 1/16 miles.

“We think she’s a really talented filly; she’s really gutsy,” said Norm Casse, son of and assistant to Mark. “This will be a real test for her as far as distance, but if they let her get comfortable early, she’ll be really hard to run down.”

Catch a Glimpse led from start to finish in the Penn Mile and has won seven of her eight starts in large part by sticking close to the pace before taking the lead near the top of the stretch.

“I think anytime you have a horse that likes to go out early and sit along through moderate fractions, you’re at a competitive advantage,” Norm Casse said. “Because you stay out of traffic, you’re really kind of dictating what’s going out in front, how fast the race is setting up really. So anytime you can have a horse do that, it’s a huge advantage. The question is just how far she wants to go, that’ll be the question mark on Saturday.”

The Belmont Invitational Oaks is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has entered a pair of group stakes-winning daughters of Galileo campaigned by owners associated with John Magnier’s Coolmore operation: Ballydoyle and Coolmore.

To date, Ballydoyle is the more accomplished of the two fillies with a victory in last year’s Group 1 Total Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium des Pouliches at Longchamp and a runner-up finish in this season’s QIPCO One Thousand Guineas on May 1 at Newmarket.

While her breeding would suggest an ability to stretch out, Ballydoyle’s longest win to date is seven furlongs and she enters off an off-the-board finish in her first try beyond a mile, finishing sixth in the about 1 5/16-mile Longines Prix de Diane (French Oaks) on June 16 at Chantilly.

Coolmore, who captured a Group 3 win at the Curragh last season, also enters out of the Prix de Diane, where she finished fifth, three lengths behind winner La Cressonniere.

Trainer Chad Brown has captured the past four editions of the Belmont Oaks, sending out Lady Eli last year and Minorette in 2014, as well as 2013 and 2012 when the race was known as the Garden City Stakes and contested in September, with Alterite and Samitar, respectively.

Pricedtoperfection winning Sweetest Chant Stakes in January. (Eclipse Sportswire)

In an effort to extend that streak to five straight years, Brown has entered three fillies for this year’s edition in Grade 3 winner Pricedtoperfection, Group 3-placed Last Waltz and Grade 3-placed Noble Beauty.

“I don’t hold as strong a hand as in previous years, but all three horses are all doing well and we’re taking a different role in not being one of the favorites,” Brown said. “It’s a big field, and it might come down to trip. If I didn’t think it was possible they could get a piece of this million-dollar purse, I wouldn’t run. My philosophy is if they can earn their way into the big races, we like to participate.”

Trainer James Toner, who captured the 2011 Garden City with Winter Memories, will send out Time and Motion, who extended her win streak to three straight when taking the $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes on June 5 on the Belmont inner turf. The second- and third-place runners from that race also are entered Saturday in Harmonize and Last Waltz.

“She’s doing terrific,” Toner said. “I’m excited about racing here Saturday.”

The deep field also includes Kentucky Oaks runner-up Land Over Sea, a Grade 2 winner on dirt who is set for just the second turf start of her career.

2016 Belmont Oaks Invitational S.
July 9th, 2016

Winning Time: 1:59.87
  • Purse: $1,000,000
  • Distance: 1 1/4 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo
  • Surface: Inner turf
  • Winning Time: 1:59.87
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
12 Catch a Glimpse
$8.80
$5.30
$4.10
2nd
4 Time and Motion
$5.00
$4.30
3rd
13 Coolmore (IRE)
$11.40
4th
3 Pricedtoperfection
5th
6 Harmonize
6th
8 Auntie Joy
8th
5 Noble Beauty
10th
11 Magnanime (GB)
11th
1 Secure Access
  • Owner / W.S. Farish
  • Breeder / W. S. Farish, BCWT, Ltd. & Inwood Stable
12th
10 Land Over Sea
Payoff
Pick 3
13-5-12
13-5-12
$145
Daily Double
5-12
5-12
$28
Exacta
12-4
12-4
$46
Superfecta
12-4-13-3
12-4-13-3
$9,299
Trifecta
12-4-13
12-4-13
$728
Grand Slam
2/6/8-4/9/13-1/2/5/7-12
2/6/8-4/9/13-1/2/5/7-12
$60
Payoff
Pick 3
13-5-12
13-5-12
$145
Daily Double
5-12
5-12
$28
Exacta
12-4
12-4
$46
Superfecta
12-4-13-3
12-4-13-3
$9,299
Trifecta
12-4-13
12-4-13
$728
Grand Slam
2/6/8-4/9/13-1/2/5/7-12
2/6/8-4/9/13-1/2/5/7-12
$60

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