Conquest Big E's gray frame makes him easy to spot even in the early morning darkness. The 2-year-old son of Tapit was a standout on merit rather than just his handsome looks Friday morning as he work four furlongs in 48.40 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Keeneland on October 31.
Conquest Big E worked in company with stablemate City Flyer. And, just like he inhaled Conquest Windycity when those two worked together last Friday, the big-bodied colt handled his partner with little effort, finishing four lengths in front with a gallop out in 1:01.80 and 1:15.80.
"Big E was just awesome, again," trainer Mark Casse said. "As impressive as he was last time he may have even been more impressive today. I told (jockey) Shaun (Bridgmohan) I wanted to go in 48 and I think he went in 48 2/5. But Shaun geared him down from about a sixteenth after the work started. He was geared down for the last three eighths of a mile. So he was really impressive."
Owned by Conquest Stables, Conquest Big E is heading into the Breeders' Cup off a maiden win at Keeneland on October 2 but has turned the corner in terms of maturity, according to Casse. In his career debut at Churchill Downs on September 11, Conquest Big E ran extremely green but still finished second to Brody's Cause, who went on to triumph in the Grade I Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.
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Casse, who is seeking his first Breeders' Cup win, is also set to send multiple Grade I winner Tepin in against males in the $2 million Mile on October 31. The winner of the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland also put in her final piece of serious work on Friday, covering four furlongs in 49.80 over the Churchill main track under jockey Julien Leparoux.
"She went a little faster today than she did last time, she looked good," Casse said.
Casse also worked graded stakes winner Airoforce, a contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and Breeders' Cup Juvenile hopeful Siding Spring on Friday. Airoforce worked four furlongs in :48.40 in company with Souper Awesome while Siding Spring covered four furlongs in 47.60.
Siding Spring is cross entered in the Juvenile Turf and Juvenile but Casse said following Friday's move, he would enter the son of Warrior's Reward in the Juvenile on Monday in hopes of making the 14-horse field.
"I don't know who worked better today between Big E and Siding Spring," Casse said. "He worked awesome. We're going to go for the dirt."