October 30, 2015
Source: Paulick Report
Catch a Glimpse managed to hold off Alice Springs (IRE) and fast-closing Nemoralia to win the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday. With her victory, she earned trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders’ Cup win in 26 prior starters.
The 2-year-old CITY ZIP filly sat a half-length off of pace setter Ruby Notion for a quarter in 24.34 and a half in 49.20. Nearing the head of the lane, Catch a Glimpse moved past the leader on the outside and looked to be home free, leading by several lengths, until the late closers began rolling. Thanks to hard-riding Florent Geroux, Catch a Glimpse managed to hang on to the win by a rapidly diminishing 3/4 of a length to Alice Springs (IRE), with Nemoralia a head back in third and Sapphire Kitten another half-length back in fourth.
The final time for the mile long contest over Keeneland’s yielding turf course was 1:39.08. The win also marked Geroux’s second Breeders’ Cup victory in as many tries (his first with Work All Week in last year’s Sprint).
Owners Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler and Windaways Farm (Jeff Begg) were especially emotional in the winner’s enclosure, as Barber’s horse Lexie Lou was responsible for capturing last year’s Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, Casse’s first win in that event (after 18 tries).
Catch a Glimpse was bred by Branch Equine, LLC in Kentucky, and is out of the multiple-stakes winning Irish River (FR) mare Halo River.
In the post-race press conference, Casse quipped: “Watch out. We’re just getting started now.”