Lightstream, winner of the Grade II Raven Run at Keeneland on Oct. 22, will have additional ownership representation when she runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies on Santa Anita’s opening day next Monday, Dec. 26.
Little Red Feather Racing, a major player in California, purchased a share of the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday after she captured the Raven Run under Julien Leparoux, who is unbeaten in three starts on the bay Kentucky-bred.
“We bought a minority interest after the Raven Run,” said Little Red Feather founder and managing partner Billy Koch, 47. “(Existing owners) Up Hill Stable and Head of Plains Partners LLC were generous enough to let us come in for a minority share and we’re excited about the filly.
“She’s training awesome for Brian Lynch at Palm Meadows in Florida and she arrives at Santa Anita this week. We’re excited about the prospects of running in the La Brea.
“I think she will definitely be one of the favorites, if not the favorite. She just needs a good trip. Julien will ride and he knows her very well. I don’t know exactly who’s going in the race but it looks like there’s a lot of speed so it could set up nicely for her.”
A deep closer, Lightstream has run four races at seven furlongs in her six-race career, winning three including the Raven Run and the Grade III Beaumont, both at Keeneland. She was second in the Grade I Test Stakes at seven furlongs at Saratoga last August, beaten less than a length.
Koch, the grandson of famed Hollywood producer and director Howard Koch, has been syndicating horses since 1991 and formed Little Red Feather in 2002.
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