Grade II winner Quip is ready for his 4-year-old debut within the Grade III $150,000 Mineshaft Handicap on Saturday, February 16, the place he’ll spoil from the out of doors within the 13-horse box.
Owned by way of WinStar Farm, China Horse Membership and SF Racing, the son of Distorted Humor has no longer raced since completing a neatly overwhelmed 8th within the Grade I Preakness Stakes final Would possibly in the back of eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. Quip has received 3 of his six occupation begins which come with a triumph in final 12 months’s Grade II Tampa Bay Derby over fellow Mineshaft Handicap competitor Flameaway (submit 9, Tyler Gaffalione, 5-1). Despite the fact that, he has but to race at Truthful Grounds, Quip skilled on the New Orleans oval final wintry weather for teacher Rodolphe Brisset.
“It kind of feels that he likes the observe,” Brisset mentioned. “He hasn’t ever raced over it however he did teach there all wintry weather final 12 months and does not thoughts the observe in any respect. I believe the whole lot traces up rather well. The principle factor is to let the pony let us know what he needs to do. We’re going to deliver him aggressive.”
Quip will probably be ridden by way of Luis Saez and is the 5-1 morning line third-choice.
G M B Racing’s Lone Sailor is the 7-2 morning line favourite for the Mineshaft Handicap. Skilled by way of Tom Amoss, the son of Majestic Warrior final raced within the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Vintage at Churchill Downs in November, the place he used to be 6th overwhelmed 5½ lengths. His prior get started used to be his most effective graded stakes win, which happened within the Grade II Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park. Lone Sailor has raced thrice over the Truthful Grounds major observe together with an in depth 2nd in the back of Noble Indy in final 12 months’s Grade II Louisiana Derby Introduced by way of Twinspires.com. He’ll be ridden by way of James Graham.
Entrance Row Racing, Ten Strike Racing, Kevin McReynolds and Bob Miller’s Harlan Punch will glance so as to add a 2nd stakes victory this meet when he breaks from the 2 hollow below Florent Geroux at 4-1 odds. The Brad Cox skilled son of Harlan’s Vacation used to be a three-quarter duration winner of the Louisiana Stakes on January 19 final day out over Silver Mud (submit 4, Jack Gilligan, 6-1) and Phat Guy (submit 8, Adam Beschizza, 8-1). He’ll try the second one graded stakes victory of his occupation. Ultimate June, he received the Grade III Phillip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Crucial (submit one, 30-1, Joe Bravo), Krewe Leader (submit 3, Manny Franco, 15-1), 3rd Day (submit six, Jose Ortiz, 20-1), Lengthy On Success (submit 10, Gabriel Saez, 20-1), Ballard Top (submit 11, Corey Lanerie, 30-1), Thirstforlife (submit 12, Miguel Mena, 15-1) spherical out the sphere.
The Mineshaft Handicap is called in honor of William S. Farish’s 2003 Horse of the 12 months whose stellar marketing campaign integrated wins within the Jockey Membership Gold Cup, Woodward Stakes, Suburban Handicap and Pimlico Particular (all Grade I races). Skilled by way of Neil Howard, Mineshaft additionally received thrice at Truthful Grounds together with within the Grade II New Orleans Handicap.
Carded because the 9th race on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Introduced by way of Lamarque Ford, the Mineshaft Handicap has a 4:25 p.m. CT scheduled submit.
Previous at the card, Michael Hui’s 10-year-old struggle horse Hogy will opt for his 10th triumph at stakes caliber within the $75,000 Colonel Energy Stakes.
The seasoned son of Offlee Wild received the 2017 version of the Colonel Energy and will probably be making his 55th occupation get started in Saturday’s race. 3 of his stakes wins had been received at graded stakes stage together with his final shuttle to the winner’s circle in Gulfstream Park’s Grade III Canadian Turf Stakes. The one horse within the box with income on the seven-figure mark, Hogy has banked a complete of $1,338,282 in lifetime income. Jockey Jose Ortiz will probably be aboard Hogy who breaks from submit seven because the 5-2 morning line favourite. He’s skilled by way of Mike Maker.
Child Best (submit one, Adam Beschizza, 8-1), Leadem In Ken (submit two, Danny Sorenson, 6-1), Adonis Creed (submit 3, Florent Geroux, 3-1), Chaos Concept (submit 4, Tyler Gaffalione, 15-1), Wings Locked Up (submit 5, James Graham, 6-1), Latent Revenge (submit six, Gabriel Saez, 9-2), Savage Fight (submit 8, Joe Bravo, 10-1) entire the sphere.
The Colonel Energy is the second one race at the card and has a scheduled submit time of 12:58 p.m. CT.
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