Castor and Conquest Dynasty finished on nearly even terms in a hotly-contested 2-year-old filly maiden special weight on the Gulfstream Park turf course on Sunday, with Castor finishing a nose better in a race full of drama.
Conquest Dynasty, by Court Vision, was the unluckiest of losers to the daughter of Malibu Moon, who had a very wide trip herself.
Castor and Conquest Dynasty were at the back of the full field after a half-mile, but Castor had clear running on the outside and began to make up ground, while Conquest Dynasty had to check behind horses. The latter finally found room on the rail and started to advance as well, but had to check hard again in the stretch and swung to the outside of Castor and was gaining rapidly at the wire.
Castor, trained by Todd Pletcher for Starlight Racing, is the latest of three foals out of the stakes winner Miss Challenge, who is a sister to multiple graded winner Ventana and is from the same family as 2-year-old champion Lord Avie.
Starlight purchased Castor for $270,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Conquest Dynasty is a half-sister to stakes winner Langstaff and was a $101,200 purchase at the 2014 Canadian September Yearling Sale.