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Victory To Victory

Victory to Victory

Very few racehorses score their very first win in a stakes race, never mind the top echelon of stakes rankings, but Victory to Victory did just that.

The Florida-bred freshman came from mid-pack to take the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine in Ontario Sept. 18. The Natalma is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Victory to Victory is conditioned by Canadian Hall of Famer Mark Casse, who has trained the winner of the Natalma seven times, including the last three editions.

Casse and Florent Geroux, who rode Victory to Victory, also teamed up to win last year’s edition with Catch a Glimpse, who went on the win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf next out and was Canadian Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, Champion Turf Filly and the highest honor, Canadian Horse of the Year.

Victory to Victory also has the pedigree to be a top runner as her mother Points of Grace, was 2009 Champion Turf Female in Canada.

The Live Oak Plantation homebred made her first start at Saratoga in August, finishing fifth. She then shipped to Woodbine and closed to be second in a seven-furlong turf allowance. For the Natalma, she also raced in blinkers for the first time.

"I think the blinkers made a big difference today," said Norm Casse, his father’s assistant who saddled the filly for the win. "We knew she was a very talented horse, and she's finally starting to figure things out."

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