and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing, undefeated in two trips to the post,
will make his next start in either the Grade II Risen Star Stakes on
Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by Lamarque Ford Feb. 23 or the
Grade II Rebel at Oaklawn March 16.
“Departing will run
next in either the Risen Star or the Rebel,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said
Friday morning during training hours. “He’s two-for-two right here on
this track so that might help us when we’re making a definite decision.”
breaking his maiden by 2 1/4-lengths on Dec. 22 when going six
furlongs, the Kentucky homebred son of War Front out of a Pulpit mare
won by 4 1/2-lengths in his first start going two turns in a mile and
70-yard race Feb. 1.
Brittlyn Stable’s Louisiana-bred Sunbean,
an entire son of Brahms who broke his maiden on New Year’s Eve at Fair
Grounds in the $106,000 Louisiana Futurity and made it two straight
tallies on Feb. 1, will make his next appearance in the upcoming Grade
II Risen Star Stakes on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by
Lamarque Ford on Feb 23.
“Sunbeam is going in the Risen Star,”
trainer Al Stall Jr. confirmed Friday morning while speaking outside his
barn during training hours.
The Brittlyn color bearer will be
making his first appearance in open company in the $400,000 Risen Star –
local prep for the 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby
March 30. After breaking his maiden in the Louisiana Futurity at six
furlongs, Sunbean successfully stretched out two turns in a mile and 70
yard-allowance and $30,000 optional claiming race but that race was
also restricted to horses that were accredited Louisiana-breds.
GOLDEN SOUL, IRISH LUTE BEING PREPPED FOR LOUISIANA DERBY PREVIEW DAY
Fipke’s sophomore colt Golden Soul and Donarra Thoroughbreds’
3-year-old filly Irish Lute, two Dallas Stewart trainees who both ran
well in their respective races on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Jan. 19,
are both set to return on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Presented by
Larmarque Ford Feb. 23.
“That’s the plan for both of them,” Stewart said Friday morning on horseback as he headed to the track during training hours.
Soul, a Kentucky homebred son of Perfect Soul out of a Mr. Prospector
mare, was the runner-up in the Grade III Lecomte at a mile and 70 yards
and is expected to appreciate the added 1 1/16-mile-distance of the
upcoming Grade II Risen Star Stakes as the final local prep for the
100th edition of the $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 30.
Lute, a Florida homebred daughter of Midnight Lute out of a Storm Boot
mare, finished fourth in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes after
stumbling at the start and will attempt to make amends in the upcoming
Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes as the last designed prep for the
Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks March 30.