Trainer Uriah St. Lewis and his family's Trin-Brook Stables will be represented by Forewarned in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile and Informative in the Grade 2 Remsen on Saturday's lucrative Cigar Mile Day card.
St. Lewis, who won the 2018 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup with 45-1 shot Discreet Lover, said Forewarned is training well into Saturday's test where he will leave from post 3 under Anthony Salgado with a morning line assessment of 30-1. The veteran conditioner is banking on a speed duel between likely race favorites Maximum Security and Spun to Run to set up Forewarned's late charge.
“He's doing fantastic. He's training well and he has his regular rider. Hopefully the five [Maximum Security] and the six [Spun to Run] will hook each other and make it very interesting and we should be able to run them down,” said St. Lewis.
The 4-year-old Flat Out colt, who ran fifth in the Grade 1 Whitney this summer at 89-1 at the Spa, has won 7-of-22 career starts. Last out, the Ohio-bred bay captured the Best of Ohio Endurance on October 26 at Mahoning Valley.
“The last race we got him a little easier spot and took him to Ohio to run against his own kind and he beat that field and came back good,” said St. Lewis. “With the speed in this race, we're hoping they'll go fast enough that we can come and catch them.”
Informative, a dark bay son of Bodemeister, is 12-1 on the morning line for the nine-furlong Remsen, which offers 10-4-2-1 qualifying points towards the Kentucky Derby for the top four finishers.
Although still a maiden, Informative has posted back-to-back runner-up efforts after adding blinkers three starts back.
“Adding blinkers made a big difference,” said St. Lewis. “He was always looking around and playing. The first few races he run we knew we had a decent horse, but he was always looking around and playing. Once we added blinkers, the jockey said the horse was completely different.”
A modest $25,000 purchase at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, Informative does have strong pedigree. His third dam, Silvery Swan, produced Grade 1-winners Roman Ruler and 2000 Cigar Mile champ El Corredor.
Informative finished second, by a nose, last out in the James F. Lewis III at Laurel Park on November 16 when sprinting six furlongs. St. Lewis said the improving colt, who has yet to travel beyond seven furlongs, is demonstrating a desire to stretch out in distance.
“We know he can go long. We've been training him long,” said St. Lewis. “When he finishes galloping a mile and a half in the morning, he's still playing and up in the air jumping around. The stronger we gallop him, the more he feels good. We think he can handle the distance. Hopefully, he gets a good trip.”
St. Lewis noted Afleet Destiny, a 3-year-old Hard Spun filly who landed fourth last out in the Grade 3 Comely, will return to racing next spring.
“She's done until next year. We'll start her back in March,” said St. Lewis. “Her shoes were pulled after the race. She had a good year.”
Grade 1-winner Discreet Lover, last seen finishing off-the-board in the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic in April, is also back in training at Parx for the veteran conditioner.
“He just came back in and started training this week here at Parx,” said St. Lewis. “He's jogging and feeling good. We're looking around April to make his first start and hoping for a decent campaign with him. I expect to be there [in New York] this summer.”
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