Casse Runs Three Fillies in Bid for His Third Trillium

Casse Runs Three Fillies in Bid for His Third Trillium

Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse has three chances, in the form of Crystal Glacier , Heavenly Curlin , and Skygaze , to capture his third Trillium Stakes (G3) June 26 at Woodbine

Having won the 2013 and 2019 editions of the Trillium with Sisterly Love  and Miss Mo Mentum , respectively, Casse will look to complete the stakes hat trick in the 1 1/16-mile, $150,000 contest on Tapeta.

Crystal Glacier, a 4-year-old daughter of Curlin  , has assembled a record of three wins and a second from nine career starts for Live Oak Plantation. 

Bred in Kentucky by Southern Equine Stables, the dark bay has a pair of wins in her past three races, back-to-back victories coming at Turfway Park this February. 

“She’s another one that ran well at Turfway,” offered Casse. “We tried there this year and actually had a very good meet. The horses ran well there, including her.”  

The Trillium represents the first stakes appearance for Crystal Glacier, who won her bow in August 2019 at Ellis Park

Crystal Glacier - ALW Win, Turfway Park - February 25, 2021
Photo: Coady Photography

Crystal Glacier wins an allowance race at Turfway Park

“She’s a very nice horse and she really does like it at Woodbine.”  

Heavenly Curlin, another daughter of Curlin, should appreciate a return to the Woodbine Tapeta. 

Owned by Gary Barber and John Oxley, the 4-year-old bay rhymed off three consecutive triumphs at the Toronto oval in 2020, including a 5 3/4-length romp in the Maple Leaf Stakes (G3) Nov. 7.

Bred by Elevage II, Heavenly Curlin arrives at the Trillium off a fifth and ninth in two grass starts at Gulfstream Park. She sports a record of 3-0-1 from seven career races with all three wins coming in her three Woodbine engagements. 

“It was a tremendous effort in the Maple Leaf last year. We took her down to Florida and ran her in some tough spots. She just doesn’t like the grass as much as Tapeta.”  

Skygaze, who has contested five of her nine career starts at Woodbine, returns to Canada on a three-race win streak that began last fall in Ontario. After rallying to secure a neck nod in a seven-furlong main track allowance race Oct. 3, Skygaze took her talents to Turfway Park where the 4-year-old daughter of American Pharoah   made a late charge to eke out another neck win Dec. 10. She then won there by three lengths Jan. 14.

Owned by Tracy Farmer and bred in Kentucky by Normandy Farm, Skygaze brings a record of 4-0-2 from nine races into the Trillium. 

“She won the Mazarine (G3, at Woodbine) last year, but was disqualified,” noted Casse. “It took her a while to get on track, but she ran really well at Turfway. We had planned on running her in a stakes on Jeff Ruby Steaks day, but she didn’t get in. She was on the AE’s and didn’t get in. So, we’ve been sitting and waiting for this spot for a long time. She’s been training very well.” 

Casse believes any of his Trillium starters could take all the spoils. 

“They all like to win. They’re all solid fillies and it wouldn’t shock me for any of them to win.”   

The Trillium, in which Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Escape  is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for trainer Mike Trombetta, is the seventh race on the Saturday program at 4:30 p.m. ET. 

Entries: War Chant S.

Churchill Downs, Saturday, June 26, 2021, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:50 PM (local)

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