Turf Horse of the Month

Fasig-Tipton’s Turf Horse of the Month for August: World Approval

World Approval won Saratoga’s Grade 1 Fourstardave on Aug. 12 with Manny Franco aboard. Coglianese Photography photos

Louisville, Ky. (Saturday, September 2, 2017) — Live Oak Plantation’s World Approval got back on the winning track with an impressive 2¼-length win over European invader Time Test in the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga and for his efforts was named the Fasig-Tipton Turf Horse of the Month for August on the all-things grass-racing website, TurfTalk360.com.

The Aug. 12 victory was accomplished over the yielding inner turf course at the Spa in a time of 1:37.65 for the mile.  It was the third stakes win of the year for the 5-year-old gelding who earlier won the Turf Classic at Tampa Day Downs on April 2 and the Grade 2 Dixie at Pimlico on May 20.  In his last start World Approval was fifth in the Grade 1 Manhattan, carded at 1¼ miles over the turf at Belmont.

In the Fourstardave, World Approval made a strong move on the stretch turn and drew away with Manny Franco aboard.  The Florida-bred son of the Taylor-Made stallion Northern Afleet now has earned $1,443,763 during a solid career that includes his first Grade 1 win in Monmouth Park’s 2016 United Nations Handicap.  World Approval was bred by Live Oak Stud and is conditioned by Mark Casse.

“The only instructions I told (Franco) was he likes a target,” Casse said after the race.  “That was one of the reasons we cut him back to a mile.  We thought if we could win a Breeders’ Cup race or have a shot anywhere, it would need to be at a mile.  When you run him farther, he doesn’t get a target.  (If it’s) shorter, there is more speed and he has a target.  It looked like it worked today.”

World Approval is a son of Live Oak Plantation’s outstanding With Approval mare Win Approval, who also produced champion and Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Miesque’s Approval, millionaire Za Approval and multiple graded-stakes winner Revved Up.

The Turf Horse of the Month award recognizes outstanding grass performers and is sponsored by the internationally prominent Fasig-Tipton sales company.

Fasig-Tipton on Sept. 10 will stage its first Turf Showcase auction consisting of selected yearlings suited for grass racing at its Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Ky.

TurfTalk360.com is a sister website to the popular JockeyTalk360.com. TurfTalk is produced by the father-son team of Corey and C.J. Johnsen, with award-winning racing writer Jennie Rees the editor. Corey Johnsen is president and part-owner of Kentucky Downs, the all-grass track over North America’s only European style course in Franklin.

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