Fair Grounds news: High Lecomte expectations for Instilled Regard

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send California invader Instilled Regard to the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes on Saturday, Jan. 13.


Slated as the 4-1 second choice in the first of three local preps on Churchill Downs’ Road To The Kentucky Derby, the OXO Equine LLC-owned son of Arch last raced in the Gr. I Los Alamitos Futurity, where he finished third beaten three-quarters of a length, but was elevated to second after winner Solomini was disqualified for interference in the stretch.


Stretching out to two turns appeared to make a pretty big difference for Instilled Regard, who was a lucrative $1.05 million purchase at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale in March 2017. At third asking, he broke his maiden by 4 ¼ lengths at Santa Anita which also was his first try around a two-turn distance. Prior to his maiden victory, he was second beaten a half-length to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s full-brother St. Patrick’s Day in his career debut which took place at Del Mar on Sept. 2. Next out, he was third beaten six lengths behind graded stakes-placed Mourinho.


“We thought that when we had stretched him out to two turns he would run better and he did,” Hollendorfer said. “We talked it over with the owners and we both figured that this would be a good race for him. They certainly put a lot of money into the horse so the expectations were that he would be a good prospect.”


Hollendorfer also shipped Seattle Serenade to the Fair Grounds for the $75,000 Louisiana Stakes. The 6-year-old son of Smart Strike is based at Hollendorfer’s northern California division at Golden Gate Fields. Two starts ago, he scored a stakes win in the Bull Dog Stakes at Fresno which is his lone victory against stakes company.


“There wasn’t a whole lot out in California for him so we figured that we would take a shot and run him (in the Louisiana Stakes), Hollendorfer said.”


Jockey Javier Castellano is aboard both Hollendorfer’s entrants on Saturday.


Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and finalist for 2017 Horse Of The Year Gun Runner is scheduled to work over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots one final time on Sunday before the first race, which has a post time of 1 p.m. CT. He is scheduled to fly out on Thursday, Jan. 18 for Gulfstream Park where he will make the final start of his stellar career in the Gr. I $16 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 27.

Following the Pegasus World Cup, he will assume stallion duties at Three Chimneys Farm in Lexington, Ky. where he will carry a $70,000 stud fee.



The Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots has a tendency to attract Kentucky Oaks and Derby aspirants from all different parts of the country for their local prep races. This year would appear to be no exception as Gr. III Lecomte entrant Analyze This Jet and Silverbulletday contestant Terra’s Angel will ship to the New Orleans oval from Texas for trainer Terry Eoff with hopes to prove themselves competitive among some of the top horses on the Oaks and Derby trail.


Owned by Eoff in partnership with Johnnie Evans, Analyze This Jet will seek redemption in the Lecomte following a well-beaten seventh-place finish in Remington Park’s Clever Trevor Stakes on Nov. 3. The son of Overanalyze broke his maiden sixth time out over the Oklahoma oval by 6¼ lengths, before returning to the winner’s circle in the El Joven Stakes on the Retama Park turf.


“We’re taking a shot so we’ll test our two horses and see where we’re at, but you never know,” Eoff said. “They’re training well and (Analyze This Jet) in particular is training real well right now and I think that he’ll like the distance. The colts in there are pretty tough, you got (Steve) Asmussen with three and (Larry) Jones has three in there as well so it’s going to be a tough race, but he’s training real well right now so we’re going to give it a shot.”


A daughter of Drosselmeyer, Terra’s Angel was a well beaten seventh last out in the Trapeze Stakes at Remington Park on Dec. 17. She broke her maiden in her career debut at Lone Star Park last May by three lengths for Eoff before being transferred to the barn of Dallas Keen. In three starts for Keen, she was a distant third in Del Mar’s Gr. II Sorrento Stakes before switching to the turf at the San Diego oval where she won the Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes at 19-1. Following that effort, she was a well-beaten sixth against Grade I company in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Stakes. Terra’s Angel was reunited with trainer and co-owner Eoff next out when she won the La Senorita Stakes on the turf at Retama Park, her last start before the Trapeze Stakes.


“She was third in a Grade II (Sorrento) in Cali on dirt so I think that she can run on dirt so we’re trying with her one more time,” Eoff said. We’re going to try to come from out of it and run from off the pace, that’s our game plan. It’s a tough race, you got (Gr. I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies third-place finisher) Blonde Bomber and (two-time graded stakes winner) Wonder Gadot in there so it’s a salty little race. We hope (the long stretch suits her), I’ve never raced at the Fair Grounds so if we can get her to lay back and make a big run at the end that would be great.”


Jockey Sasha Risenhoover will be shipping to the Fair Grounds to ride both Analyze This Jet and Terra’s Angel.



Not only did Double Dan Farm LLC’s Beauty Boy spring a major upset in Thursday’s third race, he did so in superb fashion taking the $20,000 maiden claiming event by 11½ lengths.


The Louisiana-bred son of Royal Strand (Ire) went off at odds of 56-1 and was stretching out in distance for the one mile event for Folsom-based trainer Delmar Caldwell.


“That was pretty nice,” Caldwell said. “I was very pleased but I think that trainers take too much credit. It’s the people who do all the work- the grooms, the exercise riders, and the (blacksmiths) that should get credit for this. This is a nice horse that is bred to go long so the longer the race, the better he’ll be.”


Thursday’s event was the fifth career start for Beauty Boy, who entered the race off of a well-beaten ninth in December.


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