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Conquest Titan to Sit Tight for Fountain of Youth


After considertation of various options, Mark Casse has decided that Conquest Titan will stay at home and compete in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 22.

After Conquest Titan closed from last to finish second behind Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull Stakes, Casse looked into his options, thinking perhaps the colt might be somewhat better suited to other races like the Risen Star at Fair Grounds or the Gotham at Aqueduct.

“I thought (the Holy Bull) was great and a really good learning experience for him. Right now our goal is to keep him happy and healthy, and that’s one of the reasons we’re going to stay and run in the Fountain of Youth,” Casse said. “We maybe would have a better shot going to New Orleans with the longer stretch, with speed not holding as well there. But we felt it was better to keep him home for right now. We know he loves Churchill Downs, so we’re trying to get him there happy and healthy. I think he proved the other day that he can run with the best of them.”

Conquest Titan broke from an outside post position and quickly settled in at the back of the 11-horse pack before making his move leaving the backstretch in the Holy Bull. The Kentucky-bred colt circled the field on the turn and kicked in through the stretch to check in 5 3/4 lengths behind Cairo Prince.

“He ran by some really nice horses at the half-mile pole,” Casse said. “He’s got an extremely fast turn of foot.”

Conquest Titan is expected to meet a strong group of 3-year-olds, including General a Rod, winner of the Gulfstream Park Derby second behind Conquest Titan in a Nov. 30 allowance at Churchill Downs.

Others prospects include Shug McGaughey's Top Billing, an allowance winner on the Holy Bull undercard; Todd Pletcher’s Commissioner, who registered a narrow victory over Top Billing in a Jan. 3 allowance; and Jose Garoffolo-trained Wildcat Red, who captured the Hutcheson last weekend.

“Obviously, it’s not going to be an easy race,” Casse said. “We’re just looking for him to run another good race.”

Edited Gulfstream Park release with additional content by Dick Downey

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