KIP DEVILLE STAKES WINNER, CONCEPT, MADE 5-2 FAVORITE FOR CLEVER TREVOR STAKES ON FRIDAY, OCT. 29
The nation’s leading trainer, Steve Asmussen, has entered two of the six 2-year-olds he nominated for the $100,000 Clever Trevor Stakes to be run on Friday, Oct. 29, including morning line favorite Concept.
Concept, a 2-year-old Gun Runner colt out of the Cindago mare Majestic Jewel, broke his maiden while winning the Kip Deville at Remington Park on Sept. 26 at 6 furlongs. He will be asked to go an extra furlong for the Clever Trevor at 7 furlongs and has favored status at 5-2 odds.
Concept had previously finished third in a maiden race at Lone Star Park on July 2 in Grand Prairie, Texas, and fifth in the Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa, on Aug. 14. He is owned by Tony Holmes and Winchell Thoroughbreds (Ron Winchell) of Las Vegas. The Gun Runner colt took them wire to wire in the Kip Deville at 9-5 odds.
Gun Runner is the top sire in the country for 2-year-old runners this year. Asmussen campaigned Gun Runner, the 2017 Horse of the Year and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner. The Clever Trevor Stakes is a prep race for the $400,000 Springboard Mile on closing night, Dec. 17.
At the top of the heap of the national trainer standings, Asmussen’s horses have earned in excess of $25 million this year. His $25,847,214 is tops in the country.
Asmussen’s other entry in the Clever Trevor is a maiden winner, Hern, 10-1 on the morning-line. He is another 2-year-old Gun Runner colt, out of a Distorted Humor mare, Sweet Opportunity. He has raced only three times, breaking his maiden at Remington Park on Sept. 8.
Feel the Fear and El Pando were made co-second morning-line favorites for the Clever Trevor, one coming off a stakes win in Iowa and the other an extremely impressive maiden win in his career debut. Both horses were set at 3-1 odds in the morning line.
Feel the Fear is 2-for-2 lifetime out of trainer Austin Gustafson’s barn for owner Forge Ahead Stables (Kevin Kuta) of Ashland, Neb. Ramon Vazquez will be the third jockey to get aboard and try to extend that streak to three wins. Lane Luzzi rode him to a maiden win at Lone Star Park and then Kevin Roman got in the irons for the colt’s win in the $100,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. Feel the Fear is a son of Honor Code, out of the Kitten’s Joy mare Fresh Feline. He was bred in Kentucky by Lazy F Ranch. Feel the Fear is the top money-earner in the field with $79,140 in his bankroll.
El Pando won at first asking in a maiden race at Remington Park by 8-3/4 lengths with three-time defending champion jockey David Cabrera up, and is trained by rookie trainer Jaylan Clary. She has been impressive in her first official year of training with 12 starters and seven of them running in the money. This colt by Outwork, from the Speightstown mare Queen Negwer, covered 5 furlongs in a swift :57.74 in the maiden victory on Sept. 15. He is owned by the trainer, Clary of Brock, Texas and was bred in Kentucky by Mike Abraham.
Chrome Baby (6-1), a Kentucky-bred by 2014 Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, showed major improvement in his second start, winning by 5-1/4 lengths in open maiden company. He is lightly raced with only two starts against Remington Park maidens for owners Levings Racing (Brian Levings) of Edmond, Okla. He was bred in Kentucky by Taylor Brothers Properties and George Saufley, et. al. He not only was sired by a Kentucky Derby winner but Chrome Baby’s dam (mom), Star Super, is by Super Saver, who won the run for the roses in 2010.
Here’s the field from the rail out with post, horse, jockey, trainer and odds.
1) Malibu Thunder, Obed Sanchez, Terry Eoff, 20-1
2) Feel the Fear, Ramon Vazquez, Austin Gustafson, 3-1
3) Revenir, Danny Sorenson, Danny Pish, 20-1
4) El Pando, David Cabrera, Jaylan Clary, 3-1
5) Hern, Leandro Goncalves, Steve Asmussen, 10-1
6) Kentucky Bourbon, Jose Alvarez, Dallas Keen, 15-1
7) Chrome Baby, Richard Eramia, Bret Calhoun, 6-1
8) Speightsville, Carlos Montalvo, C.R. Trout, 8-1
9) Concept, Stewart Elliott, Steve Asmussen, 5-2
Remington Park racing continues, Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7:07pm-Central.
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