Gary Barber leads Catch a Glimpse back to the winner’s circle after the filly won the G1 Belmont Oaks
Catch a Glimpse breezed four furlongs in 48.40 seconds over the turf course at the Oklahoma training track on Friday at the Spa, marking her last official workout before the Grade 2, $ 300,000 Lake Placid on August 21.
A 3-year-old chestnut filly trained by Mark Casse, Catch a Glimpse has won eight straight races and is 5-for-5 this year, including a victory in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational in her previous start on July 9.
“Everything looks good with her,” assistant trainer Norm Casse said on Sunday about the 2015 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf champion. “She’s doing well and we’re excited to get her going again.”
A pair of talented 2-year-olds for the Casse barn, Classic Empire and Pretty City Dancer, both breezed five furlongs on Friday on Saratoga Race Course’s main track. Classic Empire, a Pioneerof the Nile bay colt, and Pretty City Dancer, a Tapit filly, are both scheduled to work another five-eighths of a mile before their next respective races, Casse said.
Classic Empire has won his first two races, including the Grade 3 Bashford Manor on July 2. He is expected to make his Grade 1 debut in the $ 350,000 Hopeful on September 5. Pretty City Dancer, who broke her maiden on May 27 at Churchill Downs before winning the Debutante there on July 2, is on target for the Grade 1, $ 350,000 Spinaway on September 3.
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