Trainer Mark Casse has gotten to know Tepin very well over the years and whenever he wants her to put in a serious work on the track he has to give her a target to meet.

That’s exactly what happened the morning after the six-year-old daughter of Bernstein won the turf female award for a second straight year, as she ran four furlongs in a time of :47 4/5. The bullet run took place in the company of Tamit at the Palm Meadows Training Center turf.

After missing two days of training because she kicked a wall in her stall, the work was essential in ensuring she will make her 2017 debut in the Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) on February 11 at Tampa Bay Downs.

“It’s amazing. When she’s by herself, you have to watch out. She’ll trip and not pay attention,” said Casse. “When she focuses, she puts it in a different mode. She was moving very well, and she got something out of it.

“One thing I will say is…I saw that in Saratoga she got a little on the heavy side because of so many visitors and so many mints and sweet potatoes. She doesn’t get as many visitors here (at Palm Meadows) and she’s stayed a little more lean.

So I don’t think it’s going to take quite as much to get her back. I’d say we’re 60-40 (to go in the Endeavour).”
The Endeavour is a possible stepping stone towards running in the Dubai Turf (gr. I). The timing is crucial, as there is talk of possibly retiring Tepin.

“We wanted to know that if we felt like it was rushing to make Dubai, if they still wanted to run her another year. In other words, was Dubai the only reason in running her again because if it was, we were starting to feel a little bit of a pinch to make the Endeavour,” said Casse. “After a good discussion, we decided as long as she’s happy and healthy, they want to run her another year and if we don’t make Dubai, it’s OK. We may even entertain Royal Ascot again.”

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