Conquest Vivi Victorious in Victorian Queen

Conquest Vivi Victorious in Victorian Queen
Photo: Michael Burns
Jockey Patrick Husbands guides Conquest Stable's Conquest Vivi to victory in the Victorian Queen Stakes at Woodbine Oct. 30, 2016

Conquest Vivi remained perfect through three career starts with a stalking score in the $125,000 Victorian Queen Stakes at Woodbine Oct. 30.

Trained by Mark Casse for owner Conquest Stables LLC, the daughter of Court Vision   settled in fourth position in a field of six Ontario-sired juvenile fillies before rallying wide down the lane for her second career stakes score.

Conquest Vivi, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes placed Conquest Enforcer, debuted with a 6 1/4-length score in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden allowance tilt on June 12 and came back two weeks later to draw clear by 2 1/2-lengths in the 5 1/2-furlong Nandi Stakes.

A front-running victor in both efforts, jockey Patrick Husbands was content to take back in the six-furlong Victorian Queen as maiden winner Silver Princess led through splits of :22.53 and :45.50 under pressure from Princess Macy.

Conquest Vivi, asked to run late in the turn, reeled in Silver Princess with a furlong remaining and surged home a neck winner to a late closing Dilly Dally Darby. Conquest Vivi covered six furlongs in 1:10.55.

"After leaving the gates, I watched everybody and the main key is not to let your horse get away and try not to squeeze her early. I had everything my way," Husbands said.

Freshened since her score in the June 25 Nandi Stakes, Conquest Vivi had been working exceedingly well in the morning ahead of her successful return.

"She's come back really well and you couldn't ask a horse to do more," assistant trainer Kathryn Sullivan said. "She's done everything right. She wasn't on the lead today; she sat a little farther off and I think that shows how versatile she can be. We're really happy with her today."

The victory marked the sixth stakes score of the meet for Conquest Stables who will be dispersing their stock at the upcoming Keeneland November sale.

"They've been great owners for us and have done wonderful things for racing. We'll be sad to see them go but maybe we'll see some of these horses back here again," Sullivan said. 

Bred in Ontario by Tall Oaks Farm, Conquest Vivi is out of the Victory Gallop mare, Keen Victory. She improved her career earnings to $153,057.

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