Conquest Daddyo swooped the field with an impressive turn of foot to capture the July 24 $145,000 Toronto Cup, at Woodbine.
Trained by Mark Casse for Conquest Stables LLC., the impressive rally stamped the dark bay Scat Daddy colt a favourite for the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes, third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, which is slated for August 21 at Woodbine.
Sent to post as the even-money favourite, jockey Patrick Husbands took Conquest Daddyo back to last as stablemate Conquest Windycity led the field of six through splits of :23.73, :46.41 and 1:10.42 in the 1 1/8-mile one-turn event over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Runningfromthefeds pressured Conquest Windycity through the turn with Dragon Bay in hot pursuit. Conquest Daddyo, still last of six through the turn, was urged into gear by Husbands and circled wide around Rocket Plan and Thatlookonyerface to take dead aim at the leaders.
Dragon Bay, with Gerry Olguin up, took command of the lead from a fading Conquest Windycity in mid-stretch. However, there would be no turning back a storming Conquest Daddyo who surged past rivals to secure a 1 3/4-length win. Dragon Bay stayed on for place, 1 1/2-lengths in front of Rocket Plan. Conquest Daddyo covered 1 1/8-miles in 1:47.12 over a firm turf.
Husbands noted that he had to keep after the talented Conquest Daddyo throughout the race.
“I had to keep chirping at him the whole way, but when he swings for home he’s a whole different horse. By the time I hit the bottom of the lane I was on a different horse,” said Husbands.
Conquest Daddyyo won on debut in a six furlong maiden allowance tilt on July 26, 2015 and after a second-place run to Ruth Less Blue in the Vandal Stakes, he came back to win the Grade 2 Summer Stakes earning a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf where he finished fourth.
Winless in three previous sophomore starts, Conquest Daddyo arrived at the Toronto Cup from a rallying third-place run in the Charlie Barley Stakes won by Conquest Enforcer.
Conquest Daddyo, bred in Ontario by James Everatt, Janeane Everatt & Arika Everatt-Meeuse, banked $90,000 in victory while improving his record to 3-1-1 from eight starts.
He was sold by Shannodoe Farm for $150,00 at the 2014 Keeneland January sale.
-edited from http://www.woodbineentertainment.com