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Conquest Farenheit earns trip to Kentucky by winning Pasadena

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Benoit & Associates
Conquest Farenheit, with Norberto Arroyo aboard, will likely be pointed to the American Turf at Churchill Downs after winning the Pasadena for 3-year-olds.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Peter Miller has a 3-year-old for Derby Day at Churchill Downs, though he will be running on grass.

 Conquest Farenheit, hounded through a fast pace in the $75,000 Pasadena Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita, shook off his rivals to score a game win in the mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds, and punched his ticket to Kentucky.

 “He showed he could get the two turns,” Miller said after Norberto Arroyo rode Conquest Farenheit to the front-running victory. “They were moving, but he looked like he had another gear, and kicked away nice.”

 Conquest Farenheit ($4.20) was pressured through an opening half-mile in 45.59 seconds and six furlongs in 1:09.64. The splits were the second-fastest of the meet at a mile on turf. Conquest Farenheit won by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:33.58.

 Miller said Conquest Farenheit was likely to make his next start May 6 at Churchill Downs in the Grade 2, $300,000 American Turf. He did not rule out the Grade 3, $150,000 Transylvania on April 7 at Keeneland, but said “that’s a little close. I’ll probably skip the first one and go to Derby Day.”

Conquest Farenheit was purchased at a November dispersal sale for $735,000 and has now made three starts for Miller and owners Rockingham Ranch (Gary Hartunian) and Chad Littlefield. Conquest Farenheit a son of Scat Daddy, finished third in an allowance race on dirt, followed by back-to-back turf stakes, including the $81,000 Baffle Stakes, a sprint on the hill.

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 The only mistake Conquest Farenheit made was at the gate. He was reluctant to load.

“He’s good in the morning; he’s a bit of a knucklehead in the afternoon,” Miller said. “I don’t know if he wants to put on a show for everyone, or what.”

 No matter. Conquest Farenheit sped to the lead, went fast, and kept running. Taco rallied to second; pace-presser Cistron finished third. The order of finish was completed by Bird Is the Word, Ritzy A. P., Monster Man, Taxman’s Quest, and Big Sky Logan. Zakaroff was pulled up at the five-eighths, but walked off under his own power.

 Conquest Farenheit has won three races and $157,045 from five starts.



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