Conquest Stables' My Conquestadory overcame a troubled trip to win the 62nd running of the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) for 2-year-old fillies by 1 ¾ lengths over Rosalind before a fall meet-opening crowd of 15,391 at Keeneland on Friday.
The victory earned My Conquestadory a berth in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) to be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
In the Darley Alcibiades, My Conquestadory was trapped behind horses on the inside in the run down the backstretch. Approaching the far turn, jockey Eurico Da Silva was able to move off the rail and began picking off rivals to move into contention.
Moving into the short stretch run, My Conquestadory tackled longshot Battlefield Angel, disposed of that rival and had more than enough to hold off Rosalind, who closed from far back to get second.
The victory gave trainer Mark Casse his second consecutive victory in the race coming on the heels of a victory by Spring in the Air in 2012. Casse is the third trainer to win the Darley Alcibiades in consecutive years, joining D. Wayne Lukas in 1988-89 and Ken McPeek in 2000-01.
A 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate, My Conquestadory covered the 1 1/16 miles on the main track in 1:45.61. The victory was worth $240,000 and increased My Conquestadory's earnings to $355,908.
Favored in the field of 12, My Conquestadory returned $4.40, $3.40 and $3. Rosalind, ridden by Victor Lebron, returned $4.80 and $3.80 with Battlefield Angel, ridden by Channing Hill, finishing a half-length back in third and paying $9.20 to show.
Who's in Town finished 2½ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Harlan's Special, Designer Legs, Personal Diary, Sweetsoutherndame, Russian Night, Maria Maria, Lil Honey Badger and She's Offlee Good
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$400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1)
Mark Casse (winning trainer of My Conquestadory)
On whether he was worried when she had to check on the backstretch
“A little worried? My thoughts were, ‘Here we have this great filly and she's not going to be able to show how great she was.' I wasn't upset or worried for me, I was worried for her, because I wanted her to be able to show you how great she was. That was my concern.”
On whether she will go to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)
“Definitely. Hopefully she's fine. We came here because I said I wanted to get her some experience – didn't know we were going to get that much experience, but I'm glad to have it.”
Eurico Da Silva (winning rider)
“She didn't break sharp, but she was very, very relaxed. I was worried in the middle of the turn because there were so many fillies in front of me but every time I need her, she was just galloping. I was waiting for a hole, and every time it opened a little bit, I put her in. In the stretch when we had a free run, she just ran so easy. She's a very nice filly.”
Victor Lebron (rider of second-place finisher and second choice Rosalind)
“We had a good break, put her right in the race, and took it from there. We had a perfect trip, no excuses at all.
“I was expecting her to run really good. I rode her the first time, won on her, rode her in the stakes right after the maiden. And she showed she's one of those stake horses that can compete anywhere, you know? And coming to the Polytrack I knew she would be a lot better. She ran to what I expected her to and performed to what I wanted. No complaints at all.”
Channing Hill (rider of third-place finisher Battlefield Angel)
“I thought the filly ran big. She took me there in a real good spot. She was all class today. Now I have to give the two fillies that ran by her a lot of credit, because at the top of the lane I wasn't thinking anybody could run by us the way she was running.”
Luis Saez (rider of fourth-place finisher Who's in Town)
“She had a good trip, but when we came to the last turn, I thought she was going to win the race and other horses were passing me outside easy. She wasn't tired. She came running. I don't think she loves the track.”
Julien Leparoux (rider of 12th-place finisher and third choice She's Offlee Good)
“I had a good trip. She broke good. I was laying second and she was very relaxed, but she kind of spit the bit at the half-mile pole and she didn't have anything after that. She came back fine but she just didn't run today.”
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