An epic battle will play out in Saturday’s $ 175,000 Grade 2 Nassau Stakes as Canada’s 2015 Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse returns to Woodbine to take on the reigning HOTY, Caren, in the one-mile turf event.
Catch a Glimpse and Caren have met just once with the former providing the latter the only defeat of an otherwise perfect juvenile campaign when Catch a Glimpse took the Grade 2 Natalma with a front-running tour de force.
Catch a Glimpse, conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse, took the Natalma as part of an eight-race win streak that also included scores in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf to complete a sparkling two-year-old campaign and continued on into a sophomore season to add four consecutive scores in Grade 3 turf events as well as a 1/2-length win in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational. For her juvenile exploits, ‘Glimpsey’ was named Canada’s 2015 Horse of the Year, Champion Grass Mare and Champion Two Year Old Filly.
The City Zip chestnut, bred in Kentucky by Branch Equine LLC and owned by Gary Barber, Michael Ambler, Michael James and Windways Farm, hasn’t won since the Belmont Oaks coup including a pair of starts in 2017. Florent Geroux ships in for the ride.
Caren, trained by Mike DePaulo for owner Robert Marzilli, won five of six juvenile starts and was unfortunate not to take home any year end honours after capturing the Shady Well, Nandi, Victorian Queen and Princess Elizabeth Stakes.
However, the Society’s Chairman bay, bred in Ontario by James A. Everatt, Janeane A. Everatt and J. Arika Everatt – Meeuse, improved with each start in 2016 posting a record of 4-2-1 from nine starts taking two-thirds of the filly Triple Tiara with victories in the Bison City and Wonder Where Stakes while adding a first graded win in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen. The versatile Caren has won from 4 1/2-furlongs on the synthetic out to a mile and a quarter on the turf. She made her 2017 debut in the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes when fifth, defeated a length, a nose and two necks. Jesse Campbell retains the mount.
Stormy Victoria, Involuntary, Shelbysmile, Southern Gem and Starship Jubilee complete the classy Nassau field.
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