World Approval, Holding Gold Poised To Be Casse’s First Runners In Dubai

Live Oak Plantation’s aptly named World Approval, one of the top turf milers on the planet, has arrived back in the barn of multi-national Grade/Group 1-winning conditioner Mark Casse after a brief break at his owner-breeder Charlotte Weber’s farm in Ocala, Florida. The nearly white son of Northern Afleet finished his 2017 season with three consecutive Grade 1 victories in the United States, including a resolute victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.

World Approval has long been considered possible for the US$6-million Dubai Turf (G1) at Meydan Racecourse on Mar. 31, with his conditioner reporting such shortly after his aforementioned victory. The favorite for the Eclipse Award as America’s champion grass horse (crowned Jan. 25), the winner of nine of 20 lifetime starts was joined by fellow Live Oak homebred and Casse stablemate Holding Gold when rejoining Casse’s Florida string at Palm Meadows Training Center last Thursday, Dec. 28.

Holding Gold, a talented and relatively lightly raced Grade 2-winning turf sprinter, was a troubled seventh of 12 last out in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1). The son of Lonhro and Grade I-winner In the Gold is under consideration for the US$1-million Al Quoz Sprint (G1) on the same Dubai World Cup undercard as the Dubai Turf.

“World Approval and Holding Gold arrived today at Palm Meadows and should be breezing soon,” Casse said. “Awesome Slew is getting a little more time and will not be coming (to Dubai). His spring goal will be the (Grade 1 US$1.25-million) Met Mile (at Belmont Park on June 9).

“As for World (Approval), he is pointing for the February 10th (Grade 3 US$175,000) Tampa Bay Stakes,” Casse continued. “Holding Gold is pointing toward the (US$50,000) Colonel Power (Stakes) on February 17th at the Fair Grounds (Race Course in New Orleans).”

Multiple graded stakes winner Awesome Slew, also owned by Live Oak, was under consideration for the US$1-million Godolphin Mile (G2).

The Tampa Bay Stakes is slated for 1700m over Tampa Bay Downs’ renowned turf course in western Florida. While World Approval has turned into a 1600m-winning machine in 2017, his versatility is noted, including a victory over 2100m in the United Nations (G1) of 2016. At the Dubai Turf’s 1900m, he has won half his eight tries, including two graded stakes. Additionally, he has proven himself around one Meydan-esque sweeping turn when laughing at a top-class field in September’s Woodbine Mile (G1) in Canada.

The Colonel Power, though modest in purse, is often high in turf sprinter class. A seasonal launching point for graded stakes types in this division, the 2017 edition of the 1100m event featured a clash of Green Mask –arguably America’s top turf sprinter of 2017 before an injury sidelined him pre-Breeders’ Cup– and Hogy, subsequently 11th in said Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Casse, one of America’s top trainers, has not had a runner in Dubai. Still, his international credentials were solidified in 2016 when his global darling and Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Tepin made history by winning Royal Ascot’s Queen Anne Stakes (G1).

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