Check out all the latest podcasts including Blinkers Off and The Magic Mike Show
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
Robert Masterson’s Tepin headlines a probable field of nine for the Grade 1 $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, to be held Saturday, September 17, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
Tepin, a five-time Grade 1 winner and the Eclipse Award champion grass mare of 2015 known as the ‘Queen of the Turf’, brings a seven-race win streak into the Woodbine Mile which is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In event.
The champion mare breezed five furlongs over the Saratoga training turf on Monday in :59.88 under jockey Florent Geroux. However, Tepin’s regular rider, Julien Leparoux, will ride the talented bay having recently recovered from a wrist injury suffered in the gallop out of a race at Saratoga in August.
The mount in the $1-million Mile was always reserved for Leparoux.
“That was never in question,” said Casse. “Right now, Flo is the understudy and he’s got to know Tepin quite well, but there was never any question that Julien would ride her.
“Julien is, and has been, a real big part of our team and anytime you have a team player down it hurts,” continued Casse. “He’s breezed horses for us this week at Churchill. We’ve been anxious to have him back and not just for Tepin, he’ll ride Airoforce this weekend in the Dueling Grounds Derby (at Kentucky Downs) for us.”
Leparoux won the Queen’s Plate with Sir Dudley Digges here in July for trainer Mike Maker and owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey.
Casse was particularly impressed with Tepin’s most recent breeze in which she worked in company with Ontario-bred Natalma hopeful, Enstone.
“Tepin was super. She’s training as good as she ever has if not better. She worked with Enstone, a Canadian-bred we ran at Saratoga and got beat a head,” said Casse.
Enstone, a maiden after three starts, is well-regarded by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame trainer.
“We entered Enstone three times at Saratoga and when we finally got her in, the race came off the turf and we had to scratch her. We’re going to run her in the Natalma,” said Casse. “We think a lot of Enstone and we wanted somebody that could keep up with Tepin and that’s not easy to do. She worked with her and galloped out with her. We were impressed. Obviously, it was not a race but it was an impressive work for both.”
Tepin is slated to work once more at Saratoga before shipping up to Woodbine on Tuesday with an entourage of stakes hopefuls.
“Tepin will work on Sunday at Saratoga and arrive at Woodbine, with an entire contingency of horses, probably on Tuesday,” said Casse. “Tepin, World Approval, Enstone and Black Canary will come up. Irad Ortiz will ride Black Canary in the Natalma.”
Casse has seven fillies nominated to the Grade 1 Natalma and another five to the Grade 2 Summer Stakes. Both juvenile events, slated for one mile on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course on Sunday, September 18, are part of the Breeders’ Cup Win & You’re In series.
“If all goes well we have Thora Barber, Victory to Victory, Black Canary, Enstone and possibly Kodiak Gal for the Natalma,” continued Casse. “And as far as the Summer, we have Conquest Sure Shot and Conquest Farenheit.”
Casse noted that Woodbine Mile nominee Conquest Enforcer will race Sunday in the $100,000 Allied Forces Stakes, a six furlong turf sprint at Belmont Park.
Arod / Qatar Racing Limited / Peter Chapple-Hyam
Full Mast / Juddmonte Farms / William Mott
Glenville Gardens / Janice Attard / Sid Attard
Mondialiste / Geoff and Sandra Turnbull / David O’Meara
Mr. Owen / Qatar Racing Limited / Francois Rohaut
Mutakayyef / Shadwell Stable / William J. Haggas
Passion for Action / Benjamin Hutzel / Mike DePaulo
Tepin / Robert E. Masterson / Mark Casse
Tower of Texas / Thomas F. Van Meter II and Scott Dilworth / Roger Attfield
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile draw is slated for 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday September 14 at the east-end VIP tent. The draw will be streamed live at www.woodbinemile.com. Further information and event details for Mile day are available there. The Twitter hashtag is #WoMile.
Big Blue Kitten / Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey / Chad Brown
Button Down / Greenwood Lodge Farm Inc. / Josie Carroll
Camp Creek / Hillsbrook Farms / Rachel Halden
Danish Dynaformer / Charles E. Fipke / Roger Attfield
Goodyearforroses / Lincoln Collins & Roger Attfield / Roger Attfield
Majeed / Khalifa Dasmal / David Simcock
Messi / Gestut Brummerhof / Graham Motion
The Pizza Man / Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. / Roger Brueggemann
Up With the Birds / Sam-Son Farm / Malcolm Pierce
Wake Forest / Michael Dubb, Sheep Pond Partners and Bethlehem Stables LLC
World Approval / Live Oak Plantation / Mark Casse
Horse / Owner / Trainer
Dacita / Sheep Pond Partners and Bradley Thoroughbreds / Chad Brown
Faufiler / Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. / Graham Motion
Goodyearforroses / Lincoln Collins and Roger Attfield / Roger Attfield
Midnight Miley / Little Red Feather Racing / Julia Carey
Muffri’ha / Sheikh Juma Dalmook al Maktoum / William J. Haggas
Rainha Da Bateria / Three Chimneys Farm / Chad Brown
Real Smart / B. E. Nielsen / Graham Motion
Steip Amach / Haras d’Etreham / David Smaga
Strut the Course / John Unger / Barb Minshall
Wekeela / Martin S. Schwartz / Chad Brown
Zipessa / Empyrean Stables / Michael Stidham
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for the $400,000… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys preview & give their tickets… Read More
Aaron and Papa Dude review Super Bowl LVIII & give… Read More
Aaron and Papa Dude give their Super Bowl LVIII bets… Read More
The Racing Dudes preview and give picks for the $250,000… Read More
Aaron previews the 2024 Rebel Stakes (G2) from Oaklawn Park,… Read More
Is multiple Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown a bad or… Read More
Aaron previews the 2024 Honeybee Stakes (G3) from Oaklawn Park,… Read More
Fresh off a sparkling allowance win in her U.S. debut,… Read More
Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc.’s two-time Grade 3 winner Candy… Read More
Looking to cash in big?
Sign up for exclusive 10% discount on orders, plus be the first to access our daily free and premium horse racing picks, articles, podcasts, and more!