Clearly Foxy

Clearly Foxy

Barbara Livingston

BC Focus: Clearly Foxy (Juvenile Fillies)

Trainer Mark Casse took an unusual route to the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with Clearly Foxy, starting her twice on the Woodbine lawn, where she broke her maiden at first asking.

Clearly Foxy has already earned more than her purchase prices – at both auctions. The daughter of 2002 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Volponi brought just $50,000 as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky 2006 select sale. She then sold the next year at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds sale for $40,000. Now, after two starts, she is unbeaten and on her way to the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Oct. 27.

Trainer Mark Casse took an unusual route with the filly, starting her on the Woodbine lawn, where she broke her maiden at first asking Aug. 6.

“I got her in mid-May straight from the Midlantic sale, and she’s done everything right from day one. She went right to work and has trained forwardly the entire way,” Casse said. “It was kind of a fluke that she even ran on grass. In Canada you have to work out of the gate within 30 days of the start and I couldn’t put her in the dirt race I wanted to, so I entered her in a turf race for a few days later just so she could get a good experience.” 

Clearly Foxy didn’t just get a good experience -- she got a winner's circle experience, taking the six-furlong maiden event by 2 1/2-lengths. Casse bumped her up in distance and company for her next start Sept. 9, the mile-long Naltama Stakes (gr. III), which she won with considerable ease, finishing 3 1/2 lengths ahead of her competition.

“To tell the truth, I’ve always felt she was a better dirt horse all along,” Casse said. “We’ve been wanting to run her on the dirt, so hopefully she’ll prove us right.”

Casse’s son, Norman Casse, has been with the filly since she shipped to Monmouth Oct. 19.

“She’s settled in nice and has been doing everything we ask her to do,” he said. “I’ve been watching her over the track, and it seems like she hits the ground well and is getting over the surface good. She certainly has questions to answer, just like a bunch of other horses have questions to answer, but we’re hoping we’ll like what we see on Saturday.”

Bred in Kentucky by Hopewell Investments and Tim Kegel out of the Pulpit mare Sermon, Clearly Foxy has earned $119,482 in her two starts for owner Charles Laloggia.

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