Race 9. Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2). For three-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs on the dirt. Purse $250,000.
|1||Royal Charlotte||Tyler Gaffalione||Chad C. Brown||3/1|
|2||Bell’s the One||Corey J. Lanerie||Neil L. Pessin||12/1|
|3||Indian Pride||John R. Velazquez||Chad C. Brown||7/2|
|4||Oxy Lady||Declan Cannon||Jack Sisterson||30/1|
|5||Free Cover||Gabriel Saez||W. Bret Calhoun||30/1|
|6||Restless Rider||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Kenneth G. McPeek||4/1|
|7||Istan Council||Chantal Sutherland||J. Larry Jones||12/1|
|8||First Star||Drayden Van Dyke||Ronald W. Ellis||6/1|
|9||Horologist||Joe Bravo||Richard Baltas||5/1|
|10||Needs Supervision||Feargal Lynch||Jeremiah O’Dwyer||30/1|
|11||Irish Mischief||Mike E. Smith||Brad H. Cox||12/1|
Restless Rider won a G1 1 on Keeneland’s main track a year ago. She has not raced since her poor performance in the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). She won the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland one year ago and nearly won the Grade 1 Central Bank Ashland Stakes on this track in April, also off a layoff. She will be sprinting for her the first time since her juvenile campaign. She had a five-furlong breeze in 1:00 1/5 on the main track Oct. 13.
Royal Charlotte has won five of six starts, all between six and seven furlongs. She debuted in March and won her first four outings. She won the Victory Ride Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park. After tiring to sixth in the Longines Test Stakes (G1) at Saratoga , she returned to win the Prioress Stakes (G2).
Needs Supervision won the Silverbulletday Stakes last January before a fifth-place finish, and a second-place finish in her recent comeback race the Weathervane Stakes after her seven month layoff.
Oxy Lady finished second in the Busher Stakes in March before a 10th-place finish in the Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes in April. She enters off a six-month layoff, she may need a race before she is competitive at this Grade 2 level.
Horologist won the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks in August before a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes last month.
Irish Mischief enters the race off a second -place finish in the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks.
Bell’s the One finished second in the Dogwood Stakes last month. She held her own against perhaps the best filly sprinter in training.
Indian Pride and First Star both try stakes competition for the first time after impressive wins against lesser horses in their most recent starts. The class of the top three horses in the field is too much for either filly.
Free Cover and Istan Council finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Dogwood. Each will need improvement to compete here.
J’s Top Three Picks:
- Restless Rider
- Royal Charlotte
- Needs Supervision