Entries and J’s Picks for the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keenland on October 19

Race 9. Lexus Raven Run Stakes (G2). For three-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs on the dirt. Purse $250,000.

Entries:

PP  Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
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

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