We got a little behind on our Derby Trail race reviews and wanted to get in two from the last round, the Lecomte in this post and the Smarty Jones coming in our next post, before we review the preps from this round that were run on Saturday. The Lecomte was run on January 13th at Fair Grounds and won by Instilled Regard.
Fractions: 23.48, 47.52, 1:13.18, 1:38.58, 1:42.59 (1 mile/70 yards)
Race Flow: Fair pace
Winning Beyer Speed Figure: 92
Pace Note: The quarter and half mile fractions were almost identical to the filly counterpart, the Silverbulletday, run two races earlier, though the final time of this race was 1.7 seconds faster. The pace of that race would be considered very fast.
On the Winner: It’s hard not to be impressed with the winner, Instilled Regard, for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Javier Castellano. He tracked the pace calmly on the outside, easily moved up, and was drawing away nicely in the stretch. Castellano barely asked for his best while the horse had easily taken the lead.
He’s off to the Risen Star back at Fair Grounds.
On The Others: Principe Guilherme was 6-5 and ran fine to be second but was really pushed all-in and at no point looked like he was going to be able to beat the winner. That said, it was only his third career start and he had to rate for the first time in his career. If he gets an inside post next time, perhaps they’ll just gun him to the lead. Snapper Sinclair ran well, tracking the fast pace and holding on for third at 28-1. Distance might be an issue as they continue to stretch out but he did show he can handle dirt. Zing Zang has no speed and is a deep closer that wants as much distance as possible. He ran fine for fourth but didn’t threaten. Lone Sailor was a little disappointing at 6-1. He sat in a good spot just behind the pace on the inside and had nothing in the lane.
What’s Next: The Risen Star, the next Derby Trail race at Fair Grounds, comes up on February 17th and will include Instilled Regard. Unfortunately, it will not include impressive Mucho Macho Man winner Mask, who got hurt and had to miss some training per DRF’s Jay Privman.
Givemeaminit, who was stakes placed last year and finally broke his maiden last month, could go to the Risen Star. Fair Grounds barn notes:
“We started off in a maiden race and he ran big, then we went to the Hopeful and he ran big so we just kind of stayed with that,” Stewart said. “He ran big in the Breeders’ Cup so this was a plan that I had to get a win today and then hopefully do it the right way and maybe we can run him in the Risen Star and the (Gr. II $1 million) Louisiana Derby (on Mar.24, 100-50-20-10). We put the blinkers on to focus him up and it looked like he did what we wanted him to.”
Principe Guilherme is apparently also targeting the Risen Star.
Our next post will review the Smarty Jones from Oaklawn.