The Grade II, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Keeneland racecourse in Kentucky. The seven furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted a solid field of 11. The Raven Run, which goes as Race 9 of 10 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:30 p.m. ET.
#3 INDIAN PRIDE (7-2) has the least experience of any horse in this bunch, having raced just once. However, she earned a strong speed figure in an eight-length maiden romp at Saratoga on Aug. 22. INDIAN PRIDE assumed command shortly after the start and never looked back that day. The Chad Brown trainee has drilled well for the Raven Run and lures Hall-of-Fame jockey John Velazquez. Based on paper, INDIAN PRIDE should have little difficulty finding the front in this one and could sit the trip.
#1 ROYAL CHARLOTTE (3-1, morning-line favorite) is a nearly-perfect 5-for-6 in her brief career, all in one-turn sprints. She was last seen winning the Grade II Prioress Stakes at Saratoga. Her lone loss came in the Grade I Test Stakes behind Covfefe and Serengeti Empress, both of whom are Breeders’ Cup-bound, so ROYAL CHARLOTTE appears shrewdly-spotted by Brown in the Raven Run. Regular rider Javier Castellano is out of town, so Tyler Gaffalione picks up the mount.
#11 IRISH MISCHIEF (12-1) has run competitive speed figures but tends to settle for second (9-2-5-1 career record). She did just that in the Charles Town Oaks last time out. Mike Smith will be tasked with working out a good trip on IRISH MISCHIEF from the far outside post.
#2 BELL’S THE ONE (12-1) has hit the exacta in each of her first four dirt sprints, three of which occurred in stakes races. She ran her heart out in the Dogwood Stakes when last seen but was still buried by Covfefe. Fortunately for BELL’S THE ONE, there appears to be no such rival in this race. Corey Lanerie will have the call, as usual.
The play: $4 exacta 3/1, $2 exacta 3/2,11, $2 exacta 1/3 ($10)
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