The Mark Casse-trained Tepin put away any doubts about her condition with a breeze over Saratoga’s Oklahoma turf Tuesday morning, skipping through a half-mile in :47.13 in company with Airoforce. With less than a month to go before her next scheduled start in the Woodbine Mile on Sept. 17, Casse and his son, assistant trainer Norman, asked the mare for more in this week’s work than she displayed in a lackluster :53.07 half mile last Tuesday.
“We said we might want to start tightening the screws a little bit because the last thing we want to do is have her go and get beat,” the elder Casse told the Daily Racing Form. “This was a good step. She’ll have another pretty good one. But I don’t think you could ask for a horse to work any better than she did, could you?”
With Florent Geroux up, Tepin began the work in a steady :24.20, but rolled home in a sharp second quarter of :22.93. The 5-year-old daughter of Bernstein galloped out five furlongs in :59.82.
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