Guest Suite, Farrell Plan Next Steps On Louisiana Derby, Oaks Trails

Lane’s End posted this photo of a young Guest Suite after the colt’s Derby points-earning performance in the Lecomte

William S. Farish and Lora Jean Kilroy’s Guest Suite came out of his victory in Saturday’s Fair Grounds centerpiece, the Grade III $ 200,000 Lecomte Stakes, in top order, according to trainer Neil Howard.

“He looked good and cooled out well,” Howard said. “Everything looked good this morning. I would say we are most likely (running next in the Grade II $ 400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 25). I spoke to Mr. Farish and if all goes okay, it seems like the obvious thing to do.

“I feel good about it,” Howard reflected on the high of winning a stakes with a newly turned 3-year-old. “Looking at the race again, I really like the way he did it. Lining up how he performed with where we thought he was at in his training was nice. It’s a lot to build on.”

Coffepot Stables’ homebred Farrell, who impressed onlookers with a smart victory in the Listed $ 150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, has exited her effort well, according to trainer Wayne Catalano.

“She looked good this morning,” he said. “She ate up good and is happy. You look forward to days like yesterday. It was a nice family affair and the owners are great people to win the race for. We’ll likely go on to the Rachel Alexandra.”

The Grade II $ 200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes will be contested in five weeks, on Feb. 25 at the same New Orleans oval.

Farrell’s victory was Catalano’s second $ 150,000 3-year-old stakes of the week, following a tour-de-force by promising colt Uncontested in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Monday. Both were ridden by son-in-law Channing Hill.

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