Casse, Leparoux team with maiden

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - Front Page - By Ni­cole Russo

Trainer Mark Casse and jockey Julien Leparoux got off to a hot start on Keeneland’s opening week­end, and their vic­to­ries in­cluded stakes with 2-year-olds Heav­enly Love and Flame­away. They’ll look to keep the mo­men­tum with the younger set when they team up with Dis­cov­ered in Keeneland’s fifth race Thursday, a $65,000 maiden spe­cial weight for 2-year-olds going a mile on the turf.

The race, one of four for ju­ve­niles on the 10-race Thursday card, in­cludes sev­eral young­sters who have been flat­tered by the com­pe­ti­tion in their ini­tial out­ings, in­clud­ing Dis­cov­ered. A John Ox­ley col­or­bearer, Dis­cov­ered fin­ished sec­ond in his de­but to Catholic Boy, sub­se­quent win­ner of the Grade 3 With An­tic­i­pa­tion Stakes. In his next out­ing, Dis­cov­ered was sixth in an off-the-turf maiden race. He bounced back to fin­ish third in a maiden race at Ken­tucky Downs be­hind Tigers Rule, who crossed the line sec­ond by a nose to Flame­away in the off-the-turf Bour­bon Stakes on Sun­day at Keeneland. Tigers Rule was de­moted to third for in­ter­fer­ence in the Bour­bon.

Royal Holiday, who starts for Wesley Ward, was sec­ond to Tap Daddy in a maiden race at Ken­tucky Downs. Tap Daddy crossed the line third, beaten two noses, in the Bour­bon and was pro­moted to sec­ond after be­ing bumped by Tigers Rule in the stretch.

Com­ing out of the same maiden race as Tap Daddy and Royal Holiday are third­place True Loy­alty, who has landed on the also-el­i­gi­ble list for Thursday, and sixth-place Lion’s Share, who had trou­ble in the maiden race. An An­i­mal King­dom colt, Lion’s Share was a $550,000 pur­chase at the Ocala Breed­ers’ Sales Co.’s March sale of 2-year-olds in train­ing. He may ap­pre­ci­ate stretch­ing out from six fur­longs to the mile for trainer Dale Ro­mans.

Hal­lie’s Hero, trained by Ben Cole­brook, was third on de­but. Run­ner-up Souper Smart came back to win im­pres­sively at Churchill Downs.

◗ The ninth race is a $67,000 al­lowance for 2-year-old fil­lies that fea­tures Waki Pa­triot, mul­ti­ple stakes-placed ear­lier this year for trainer John Han­cock. The Beyer Speed Fig­ure of 69 she earned run­ning third in the As­to­ria Stakes at Bel­mont Park is the high­est num­ber in the field.

My Peeps has won two of her three starts, both by open lengths and for trainer Jack Van Berg.

Quick Quick Quick is com­ing off a maiden vic­tory at Saratoga in which she bested Navajo with a 67 Beyer. Navajo sub­se­quently came back to win at Bel­mont.

◗ The 3-year-old Singing Bul­let, who fin­ished third in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes over the sum­mer at Saratoga, steps up to face older horses in Thursday’s eighth race, a $69,000 op­tional-claim­ing event. An Adena Springs home­bred, Singing Bul­let is trained by Ro­mans, and is by Hard Spun and out of mul­ti­ple Grade 1 win­ner Life At Ten.

Just Move On fin­ished sec­ond to stakes win­ner Un­con­tested in an op­tional claimer at Churchill Downs last out, his first start in 10 months.

The field Thursday also in­cludes Grade 1-placed Ma­trooh and graded stake­splaced Fram­mento.

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