Instilled Regard breaks through in Gulfstream's Fort Lauderdale

December 14, 2019 04:17pm

Winless since capturing the Lecomte Stakes (G3) at age 3 in January of 2018, Instilled Regard broke through on the turf Saturday, winning Gulfstream Park’s Grade 2, $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes.

The 4-year-old son of Arch, now trained by Chad Brown for Larry Best’s OXO Equine LLC, was boxed in entering the stretch but found room to run late under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who guided him past the wire on top in a blanked finish.

“I got a perfect trip," Ortiz Jr. said. "My horse broke sharp, and I used a little bit to be close…I was just waiting for the hole. Finally in the end, turning for home I got through.”

For any number of Fort Lauderdale contenders, the 1 1/8-mile race could serve as a springboard to the Jan. 25 Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1).

Away at 3-1 in the field of nine, Instilled Regard finished up in 1:47.18, while the second-place photo went to Admission Office over Channel Cat, the 2-1 race favorite exiting the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Instilled Regard, who also counts a fourth at 85-1 in the Kentucky Derby as a career highlight, peppered in some placings since then while trying both turf and dirt for his new barn. Brown brought him into the Fort Lauderdale second off the layoff after a third-place effort on Nov. 9 at Aqueduct in allowance optional claiming company.

“This is the same horse that showed up for me on Kentucky Derby day a year ago," Best said. "I knew I had a better horse than that that day, and we ended up beating a lot of great horses. This is a real horse.

“He needed some time to mature a little bit. We knew he’d be better as a 3- and 4-year-old,” he added. “He’s fresh off the layoff, and this is the kind of race we needed to think about to go on to bigger things.”

Overall, Instilled Regard improved his record to 3-3-3 in 13 career starts.


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