Catch a Glimpse improved her record to five for six Thursday afternoon when she prevailed by 3/4 of a length over rival Ava's Kitten in the stretch of the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland. Under the guidance of Florent Geroux, the filly stalked the early pace before swinging three wide in the final turn and drawing clear in the stretch. The race is the second outing for the Mark Casse trainee following her win in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf–she also won the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream Park in February.
Gary Barber, Michael Ambler, and Windways Farm own the 3-year-old City Zip daughter. Catch a Glimpse was bred in Kentucky by Branch Equine, LLC and is out of Irish River (FR) mare Halo River. She was a $75,000 purchase at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2014, where she was purchased by Warrendale Sales from consignor Windways Farm. After basing at Woodbine for two of her career starts, Catch a Glimpse was awarded three 2015 Sovereign Awards, including Horse of the Year.
The final time for the mile on the turf was 1:37.27. See the full chart here.
Quotes from the $125,000 Appalachian (G3)
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Norm Casse (assistant to his father, Mark Casse, winning trainer of Catch a Glimpse)
On how she is maturing as a 3-year-old
“She's always going to be a flighty filly in the paddock, maybe misbehave with the pony and those type of things. That's just her. As far as her maturity as a racehorse, she is progressing very nicely. (Jockey) Florent (Geroux) can let those longshots go (to the lead), and she'll relax for him. She's becoming a better racehorse.”
On her next race
“We'll see how she looks in the morning and see how she trains. There's a race at Churchill for her Derby Week called the Edgewood (G3), and hopefully we'll get the opportunity to run her there in front of that crowd.”
Florent Geroux (winning jockey)
“Everything worked out good. Looked like on paper there was a couple of horses with speed right inside me, so I had nothing to worry about. Everything went good. She relaxed very good down the backside. When I asked her to go, she gave me a very nice turn of foot.
“Sometimes at the end (of a race), she gets a little bit bored. She does it so easily that sometimes she switches back and forth – left lead, right lead – but I think it's just because she's not really paying attention because no one is really challenging her.
“She proved she was the best today.”
Javier Castellano (rider of runner-up Ava's Kitten)
“I thought I was going to (win). Perfect trip. I rode a good, good race to beat (Catch a Glimpse), but she's a champion filly. She won the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf-G1), beat every horse and we were just second-best today. My filly ran so well. I just couldn't go by.”
Drayden Van Dyke (rider of third-place finisher Outsider Art)
“She broke like a rocket. I was watching Catch a Glimpse and she got the ideal trip. I was just trying to get second or third. Another sixteenth of a mile may have made a difference.”
Jonathan Sheppard (trainer of Outsider Art)
“We are very happy with her race. Those were two nice fillies in front of her.”
John Velazquez (rider of fourth-place finisher Spinamiss [IRE])
“I had a great trip. I just didn't have the horse to stay there.”
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