LEXINGTON, KY (April 10, 2017) – All one has to do is look through the record book to see how productive a race the Appalachian (G3) has been this decade.
Five of the seven winners starting in 2010 have gone on to win Grade 1 races. Thursday’s 29th running of the $125,000 race for 3-year-old fillies has the potential to add to that total.
“What a race. This is a Breeders’ Cup race,” trainer Mark Casse said of the 1-mile grass test that attracted a full field of 12. Among them are four runners from last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).
Casse has one of those runners in La Coronel, who was sixth as the favorite in the race at Santa Anita, as well as Dream Dancing, both for owner John C. Oxley.
The two Casse fillies have combined to win five of eight starts on the grass and both had one race last month as a prep for Thursday’s race.
“I think they have progressed well from 2 to 3,” Casse said. “I can see that La Coronel is bigger and stronger and Dream Dancing, it took me a while to catch on that she was a true turf horse.”
Casse won the race last year with Catch a Glimpse. A win Thursday would allow him to join Mike Stidham as the only trainer to win the Appalachian in consecutive years. Stidham won in 2000 with Impending Bear and in 2001 with Bold Answer.
“I have felt that La Coronel is as good if not better than Catch a Glimpse, but she has yet to prove it,” Casse said. “Catch a Glimpse had accomplished a lot more by this time last year.”
Catch a Glimpse is expected to start in Saturday’s $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1).