Augustin Stable’s Coup, winner of the Hilltop at
Pimlico in her most recent start, tops a competitive field of 11
3-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 43rd running of the Regret at 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.
The Regret, named in honor of filly who in 1915 became the first of
only three members of her gender to win the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled
as Race 6 with a post time of 8:30 p.m.
Coup, the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the Regret, made her career
debut last fall at Keeneland and things didn’t exactly go smoothly. She
crossed the line second, but was disqualified and placed 10th
for causing interference in the stretch. After disappointing as the
odds-on choice in her 2-year-old finale, Coup rebounded to break her
maiden for trainer Graham Motion in the slop in a
one-mile race that was originally scheduled for the turf at Gulfstream
Park. She then improved her 2012 record to a perfect 2-for-2 in the
Hilltop as the 3-2 choice under John Velazquez, who will be aboard when the filly breaks from post seven Saturday night.
Coup’s main rivals in the Regret could the G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust 2008 homebred Centre Court, Skara Glen Stable, William S. Farish and ENL Stables’ Colonial Flag and Hurstland Farm Inc. and James H. Greene Jr.’s homebred Heart of Destiny.
The Rusty Arnold-trained Centre Court, the
morning-line co-second choice at 7-2, just missed in her first try over
the turf at Gulfstream Park in March. After finishing second as the 3-5
favorite on the turf at Keeneland, Centre Court finally got the job done
in a 1 1/8-mile maiden special on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf
Course on May 19. Jockey Corey Lanerie was aboard for the 4 ¾-length victory, but he will ride Dame Marie on Saturday and Javier Castellano picks up the mount on Centre Court, who will break from post two.
Colonial Flag, the 7-2 co-second choice on the morning line, has made all three of her career starts on the turf. Trained by Michael Matz,
Colonial Flag finished fifth in her debut on the turf at Gulfstream
Park, but rebounded to break her maiden at Keeneland over Centre Court.
In her most recent start, she did not disappoint as the 3-2 favorite on
the turf at Belmont Park and won by 1 ¾ lengths under Julien Leparoux,
who will be aboard Saturday when she breaks from post three in the
Regret. Leparoux previously won the Regret in 2006 and 2008 and will
attempt to join Julio Espinoza and Jim McKnight as the only three-time winning riders of the race.
Heart of Destiny’s lone win came on the turf at Saratoga during her
2-year-old season, but her career is highlighted by a runner-up effort
to Stephanie’s Kitten in the 2011 Darley Alcibiades
(GI) on the Polytrack at Keeneland. In her most recent start, she
finished second as the 8-5 favorite to Silver Hustler in a 1 1/8 mile allowance on the Matt Winn Turf Course. Trained by Jimmy Baker, Heart of Destiny will have the chance to even the score with Silver Hustler on Saturday when she breaks from post 10 under Shaun Bridgmohan. The Grant Forster-trained Silver Hustler will break from post five under Corey Nakatani.
Glen Hill Farm’s Left a Message will attempt to give trainer Tom Proctor his third win in the Regret. Bill Mott
is the only trainer with three Regret victories to his name. Left a
Message enters the Regret off back-to-back turf wins and will break from
post nine under Shane Sellers, who won the Regret in 1999 with Nani Rose. Left a Message is 8-1 on the morning line.
The field for the Regret, from the rail out, is as follows: Singn on Themoon (ridden by Gabriel Saez, 20-1 morning-line odds), Centre Court (Javier Castellano, 7-2), Colonial Flag (Julien Leparoux, 7-2), Treasured Up (Rosie Napravnik, 10-1), Silver Hustler (Corey Nakatani, 20-1), Zapper Belle
(Channing Hill, 20-1), Coup (John Velazquez, 3-1), Dame Marie (Corey
Lanerie, 10-1), Left a Message (Shane Sellers, 8-1), Heart of Destiny
(Shaun Bridgmohan, 12-1) and Funny Proposition (Miguel Mena, 8-1).