Last year, owner and trainer Uriah St. Lewis brought Discreet Lover into the Grade 1 Whitney knowing that his horse was a longshot. However, St. Lewis and Discreet Lover shocked many with his six-wide move in the stretch to eventually finish third to Diversify and Mind Your Biscuits at 38-1.
The 61-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native is taking the same approach with Forewarned, as the 4-year-old is a 30-1 longshot against favorites McKinzie, Preservationist, and Thunder Snow.
Forewarned has won 2-of-6 races and has been training fast at Parx since St. Lewis purchased him for $40,000 in the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Mixed Sale in December.
Based on Forewarned's improving races and training, St. Lewis believes his horse is better than Discreet Lover, who came back to win last year's Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup for his ticket into the Breeders' Cup Classic.
“I think this horse is better than Discreet Lover,” St. Lewis said. “Discreet Lover is a nice horse, but this horse likes to win. He should have won his last race, but the horse kept boxing him. He trains better than Discreet Lover. He breezes like a champion. He trains fantastic. I am 100 percent confident. I think if we get a good ride and stay off their flanks, we'll run over them.”
Forewarned has proven to be versatile in running style, distance, and surface. St. Lewis would like to see a pace scenario between McKinzie and Preservationist that could benefit his horse.
“The race should set up good. They got speed,” St. Lewis said. “McKinzie is not going to let Preservationist go because if he lets that horse go, the race is finished. I hope we sit in the catbird seat and my jockey just makes the right call. I think he has a good shot of finishing first, second, or third. I will be disappointed if he finishes further back than that. If I didn't think he was that good, I wouldn't come.”
Meanwhile, Discreet Lover has raced just once this year with a last-place finish in the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic. St. Lewis plans to give the 6-year-old a break before considering any plan – that could include retiring him – for next year.
“We are giving him some time because he had little problems,” he said. “He is going to the farm next week and will stay there until December. When he comes back in December, we will reevaluate him to see if everything is good. For some reason, if he says he doesn't want to do it no more, we will retire him.”
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Copyright © 2020 Paulick Report.