Spring Venture springs into action in Mazarine
Date Posted: 10/6/2012 6:10:47 PM
Last Updated: 10/8/2012 3:28:05 PM
One day after Spring in the Air captured the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland,
stablemate Spring Venture moved her record to a perfect three-for-three with a
nice 1 1/2-length win in the Grade 3, $205,361
Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.
Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands, the same duo who joined
Spring in the Air in the Keeneland winner's circle, and by Spring at Last, the
same sire of the Alcibiades winner, Spring Venture made her main track debut a
winning one when completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:46 3/5 over the Polytrack as the
Shenandoah Lady tried to lead all the way home, setting fractions of :24 2/5,
:50 and 1:14 2/5 on the backstretch. Husbands had Spring Venture settled into
the third spot well off the rail before moving up nearing the turn. The chestnut
miss drew even with the pacesetter entering the lane and asserted her class to
easily draw off for the victory.
"I tried to give (Spring Venture) an easy, easy race," Husbands explained.
"She was so relaxed but at the half-mile pole, I squeezed her a little bit and
she eased off. At the top of the lane, I got busy and she just got rolling
"It's a great feeling to sit on these good horses," he added, speaking of
both Spring at Last fillies. "All you can do is smile. Both of them are two good
fillies. I'm only the pilot. Two nice fillies. I'll leave it to Mark Casse to
say who is the better one."
Seaneen Girl got up to stick her head in front of Every Way on the wire,
while Shenandoah Lady finished another 3 1/2 lengths farther back in fourth. Anfield
Park and Jazzy Jane completed the order under the wire after Floral Sky and
Bwana Go Fast were both withdrawn.
Bred in Kentucky by co-owner Stoneway Farm, Spring Venture has raced exclusively at
Woodbine thus far. She made her career debut on August 18 over that Toronto venue's
turf, easily winning by 4 1/4 lengths, then returned last out to take the Grade
2 Natalma over the Woodbine green by 1 3/4 lengths on September 15.
Also campaigned by Gary Barber, the filly has now banked $310,821 and earned
an automatic bid into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with her Natalma
"Everybody's looking forward to the Breeders' Cup," Husbands smiled.
Spring Venture is out of the Grade 3-placed Rahy mare Zahwah, making her a
half-sister to dual stakes-placed Swift Artist. Zahwah is herself a daughter of
Grade 3 heroine Funistrada and a half-sister to Grade 2 victress Krisada and
Grade 2-placed stakes winner Conte di Savoya. Another of Zahwah's half-siblings,
the unraced Deputy Minister mare Ministrada, would go on in the breeding shed to
produce Grade 3 stars Rahystrada and Lone Star Sky.
This is the same female family as Grade 1-winning champion turf horse and
Earlier on Woodbine's Saturday card, Eaton Hall Farm's Lateegra returned from a two-month
freshening and rallied five wide in the $153,257
Carotene Stakes to score a neck victory under jockey Slade Callaghan. Trained by Mike
Doyle, the Ontario-bred bay lass ran 1 1/8 miles on the firm turf in 1:48 4/5 to
earn her first black-type win.
"She broke out and relaxed pretty nice behind the speed," Callaghan
said. "I was quite content to be where we were. In the end, I just wore them
down and she was the best horse today. She relaxed the best out of every time
I've ridden her so far."
The North Light sophomore filly made her stakes bow a second in the Wonder
Where on July 29 before facing the boys next out in the Breeders' Stakes on
August 5. She came back here from a seventh-place effort in that latter race and
now boasts $207,220 in lifetime earnings to go along with a 11-2-3-0 career
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