Restless Rider, Royal Charlotte lead Keeneland's Raven Run

Keeneland Barn Notes
October 16, 2019 01:15pm
Restless Rider, Royal Charlotte lead Keeneland's Raven Run
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Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider and First Row Partners' Royal Charlotte headline a field of 11 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 21st running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Lexus Raven Run at seven furlongs on the main track.

The Raven Run will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Kenny McPeek, Restless Rider will be making her first start since the Kentucky Oaks in which she finished off the board for the first time in eight starts. In her two Keeneland races, she won last fall’s Alcibiades (G1) and this spring was runner-up in the Ashland (G1).

Brian Hernandez Jr., will be aboard Restless Rider, who returns to a sprint distance for the first time since a runner-up finish in the Spinaway (G1) at Saratoga as a 2-year-old. Restless Rider will break from post position six.

Royal Charlotte has won five of six starts for trainer Chad Brown with one of those victories coming in an allowance test here in April. Winner of the Prioress (G2) at six furlongs in her most recent start, Royal Charlotte will break from post position one and be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione.

Brown has one other starter in the race in Brereton Jones’ homebred
 Indian Pride, who broke her maiden at first asking by eight lengths at Saratoga going six furlongs on Aug. 28. John Velazquez has the mount on Indian Pride and will break from post position three.

Jones also owns
 Istan Council, an allowance winner who will start from post seven with Chantal Sutherland aboard.

2019 Raven Run (G2)

 

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