Arnold enters Romantic Vision, Weep No More in Fleur de Lis

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June 15, 2017 10:49am
Weep No More 615 X 400 Ashland HC
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Trainer Rusty Arnold II has four stakes entrants on Saturday night’s “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and el Jimador” program including G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Romantic Vision and Ashbrook Farm’s Weep No More in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap Presented by el Jimador (Grade II).

“Romantic Vision keeps improving with age,” assistant trainer Jack Bohannon said. “We thought all along that may be the key and she’s proving that to us. I thought she ran such a big race in her last start. Hopefully she can step up a little more Saturday. She’s been training great so all signs are she’ll run a big race.”

In her last start, the 5-year-old mare was a 1 ¼-length runner-up behind Big World in the $300,000 La Troienne Presented by Spirited Funds (GI) on Kentucky Oaks Day.

Arnold’s other hope in the Fleur de Lis is improving filly Weep No More.

"Her last race definitely helped her fitness level,” Bohannon said. “She ran some solid races last year and hopefully she can improve in her second start off of the layoff.”

Weep No More finished seventh in the 2016 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), part of her 3-year-old campaign that included four starts against Grade I company. The 4-year-old daughter by Mineshaft returned from a 273-day layoff with a fifth-place finish in the $100,000 Matron (GIII) on May 20 at Churchill Downs.

Arnold also has Blofeld (10-1 on the morning line) entered in the $200,000 Wise Dan (GII) and La Manta Gris (15-1) in the $100,000 Regret Presented by Cox’s Smokers Outlet (GIII).

The Fleur de Lis – which means “Flower of the Lily” and honors the French symbol that is incorporated into the city of Louisville’s flag – will be run as Race 7 at 9:09 p.m. (all times Eastern). It will be televised live by NBCSN as part of the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing” broadcast that airs from 8:30-10 p.m.

The Fleur de Lis Handicap field from the rail out (with jockeys, assigned weights and morning line odds): Forever Unbridled (Joel Rosario, 123 pounds, 4-5); Walkabout (Brian Hernandez Jr., 120, 10-1); Carrumba (John Velazquez, 117, 6-1); Crooked Stick (Sophie Doyle, 115, 30-1); Big World (Florent Geroux, 121, 6-1); Romantic Vision (Julien Leparoux, 118, 8-1); Apologynotaccepted (Luis Saez, 117, 15-1); Tiger Moth (Javier Castellano, 114, 12-1); and Weep No More (Corey Lanerie, 116, 10-1).

Source: Churchill Downs

 

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