Reddam Racing LLC's Irap – in his eighth career start – broke his maiden in the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds in 2017 at Keeneland for Southern California-based trainer Doug O'Neill.
Reddam Racing (J. Paul and Zillah Reddam) and O'Neill will try to weave their magic again when seven-race maiden Parsimony makes his stakes debut in the second division of the $750,000 Rebel (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday.
A $400,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase, Parsimony has four runner-up finishes in maiden special weights competition on the West Coast, facing top-shelf competition like Gunmetal Gray and Roadster.
“It's one of those situations that he felt and acted like a special colt,” O'Neill said Wednesday afternoon. “Obviously, Paul and Zillah wrote a serious check when we bought him because we thought he was this kind of horse. He's a special horse and we thought we'd give him a chance here. We know he's going to be an outsider, but we're excited to see how it goes.”
O'Neill said Parsimony, a gray son of Dominus, had been under consideration for the $500,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) last Saturday at Santa Anita before racing there was suspended indefinitely. The Rebel became an option, O'Neill said, when Oaklawn officials announced they were receptive to splitting the 1 1/16-mile race to accommodate Southern California horsemen impacted by the ultimate cancellation of the San Felipe.
“The split helped us here because we wouldn't have got in, obviously, if they didn't split,” O'Neill said. “We thought long and hard about the expense of getting him there. He worked tremendous the other day at San Luis Rey Downs, and we thought we would roll the dice.”
Parsimony will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who guided I'll Have Another (2012) and Nyquist (2016) to Kentucky Derby victories for O'Neill and Reddam. Parsimony adds blinkers for the Rebel.
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