Things didn't go the way trainer Brendan Walsh hoped that they would when Plus Que Parfait raced in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes last out. However, like any good horseman following a series of unfortunate events, he is putting it behind him and hopes that the son of Point of Entry will see a more favorable outcome in next Saturday's Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes.
Owned by Imperial Racing, Plus Que Parfait raced fifth in the Lecomte Stakes after losing a shoe, drawing the 12 hole and stumbling coming out of the gate. All things considered, Walsh believes his horse put up a solid effort.
“He ran a good race last time,” Walsh said. “I think had he not stumbled it would have had an extra length or two and he would have been more prominent. It was a lot of small things that went against him. He didn't run a bad race.”
Plus Que Parfait has proven capable of beating good horses. In his maiden special weight victory at third asking, he defeated eventual graded stakes winner Harvey Wallbanger as well as next out winners Cutting Humor, Absolute Control and Tactical Quality over the main track at Keeneland in October. He was a hard-fought second next out in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs behind Signalman and finished ahead of graded stakes winner Kicks Go and Current.
“Between his maiden win and the Kentucky Jockey Club he's run some solid races,” Walsh said. “Hopefully we won't have as many excuses this time. You hate to be making a bunch of excuses, but hopefully this time we'll get a better trip and see how good he is.”
Plus Que Parfait recorded his final work in preparation for the Risen Star Stakes on Saturday morning and went five furlongs in 1:01.40.
“He worked great,” Walsh said. “He's not one that would blow your socks off when watching him work but I thought he worked great and came back and was pretty much exactly what we wanted. It seems like the horse is doing well.”
Walsh will not have to worry about an outside post this time around as Plus Que Parfait drew the rail in the full field of 14 and will be guided by Julien Leparoux.
Bred in Kentucky by Calloway Stables, Plus Que Parfait was purchased by Oracle Bloodstock from Vinery Sales consignment barn for $135,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2017. He is the second foal of the Awesome Again broodmare Belvedera whose dam Forever Land was a Grade III winner on dirt and produced black type winner Touch Dial and Grade III-placed Forever Rush.
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