After Jeff Begg purchased Catch a Glimpse as a yearling at Keeneland for $75,000, the owner of Windways Farm had intended on selling the filly at 2 until trainer Mark Casse took a look at her and liked what he saw.
Begg already had a partnership with Michael James Ambler so he told Casse "if you can get someone to buy a third, you can take her and train her."
"And I said, 'I know just the guy,'" said Casse on Friday.
That was Gary Barber, the chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and founder of Spyglass Entertainment, who along with his fellow owners and trusted trainer watched Catch a Glimpse capture the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
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Ridden by Florent Geroux, the daughter of City Zip kept close to the pace before taking the lead in the stretch and finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Alice Springs, an Irish runner trained by Aidan O'Brien. Nemoralia finished third in the field of 14.
It was the first Breeders' Cup win for Casse, the 54-year-old from Indianapolis.
"I've gotten more texts in the last five minutes than I've ever gotten," said the smiling trainer as he sat down for the post-race news conference.
Casse has been especially successful in Canada, where he won the Queen's Plate in 2014. And it was at Woodbine where Catch a Glimpse first turned heads by winning the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes back in September.
"When Mark brought her to Canada, that's when the good news started," Ambler said.
"Not many people listen to me," joked Casse, "but I told people this filly is a good filly."
Barber listens to Casse. The two have partnered on several horses since the South African became interested in horse racing back in the 1980s. In fact, Barber's Spyglass Entertainment produced the Seabiscuit movie.
"This is a dream for me," Barber said Friday. "This is my first Breeders' Cup win as well."
"If I call Gary about a horse he usually says yes and that's how this group came together," Casse said. "It's nice when people put that much confidence in you and you're able to deliver."