Northern Passion, an impressive winner of the Grade III Natalma on Woodbine's synthetic surface in her most recent start, is scheduled to breeze Tuesday for trainer Mark Casse for either the Juvenile Fillies or Juvenile Fillies Turf.
“We are still considering both races,” said assistant trainer Norman Casse, Mark’s son. “She’s going to have to show us enough in her workouts over the track for us to try her on the dirt.”
Northern Passion, a 2-year-old daughter of First Samurai who races under the colors of John Oxley, beat a competitive field in the Natalma, including Stephanie’s Kitten, who returned to win the Grade I Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland. “It looks like the Natalma has turned into a key race,” Casse said.
The chestnut Canadian-bred filly recorded two solid workouts at Woodbine following her score in the Natalma and then shipped to Churchill Downs, arriving beneath the Twin Spires on Oct. 12. “She’s doing great and her last workout (:59.60 bullet work at Woodbine on Oct. 9) was the best one of her life,” Casse said.
--Edited Churchill Downs release