Another Lemon Drop plans to wait for another race at the Fair Grounds.
Perhaps a longer race.
The thoroughbred, trained by Philip Bauer, will pass on next weekend’s Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby, owner Richard Rigney said Wednesday, aiming instead of the Grade III $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21.
“He’s primarily a turf horse,” Rigney said. “He likes the grass. We primarily made the decision because it’s a synthetic surface.”
On Jan. 17, Another Lemon Drop finished fourth in the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds, unable to follow eventual winner International Star when the product of owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey made a late move from fifth.
Since then, International Star has also claimed the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, all but punching the throughbred’s ticket for the Kentucky Derby on May 2 with 71 points — second among derby contenders. Another Lemon Drop, though, may take a different path during his career.
“I think that (the Kentucky Derby) is a possibility, but that’s not our main focus,” Rigney said. “We’re looking down the road. We’re looking at long turf races. The horse wants to go all day long.”
Another Lemon Drop has two wins in six starts, including one second and one third.
Eyes Louisiana Derby
Defondo has impressed his handlers enough to be considered for the Louisiana Derby, despite just four career starts.
Apparently, it’s not the starts, but the success.
During these races, Defondo, the son of El Corredor, has finished fourth or better, including second in a two-turn debut at the Fair Grounds on Feb. 26.
Sunbean to rest
Sunbean is taking a break. Preparing to enjoy the summer in Kentucky in relax mode.
After a busy fall and winter, trainer Ron Faucheux has shipped Sunbean to Kentucky, in part because of a minor injury. Sunbean, a 13-time winner, is expected to return in the fall to the Fair Grounds.
Sunbean has raced four times since Nov. 1, including a third-place finish in the Premier Night Championship on Feb. 7.
Coup de Grace is back
Prepare to welcome Fox Hill Farm’s Coup de Grace back to racing. He is scheduled to make his 2015 debut during Friday’s featured second race at the Fair Grounds.
The six-furlong allowance will be Coup de Grace’s first action since finishing fifth in September in the Grade I $400,000 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont Park.
Expect Coup de Grace to wear blinkers for the first time. He will be guided from post two by Kerwin Clark.