The Dallas Stewart bred, owned and trained juvenile Saint’s Fan won Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile with ease.
Amid all the buzz of Louisiana-bred greats Sunbean and String King running — and ultimately falling short — in their respective Louisiana Champions Day races, the real story by day’s end was arguably that of Dallas Stewart’s Saint’s Fan, who was an impressive victor in the $ 100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile.
Winning for the second time in as many starts, the son of Tale of Ekati followed up his sharp debut victory against open company on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs with a closing, resolute score under Brian Hernandez, Jr. The chestnut with the unique split blaze was bred by his owner-trainer and is out of Boy Crazy, a Sky Mesa mare.
According to Stewart, the undefeated freshman came out of his effort in top shape and will move forward on a familiar trail for the three-time classic-placed trainer.
“He looked great today,” Stewart said. “He’s just a natural athlete. He knows how to finish these races off. He showed a good sign yesterday and he had one horse beat on the backside and then came running. Knock on wood, hopefully he stays healthy. He has the best appetite of any young horse I’ve ever had.
“He had a sister named Nola Girl who made about $ 50,000 and he had another sister who didn’t get to the races, so he’s the 3rd foal,” Stewart continued. “I also have a yearling half by Custom for Carlos and a foal who’s a full-brother by Tale of Ekati. I’ve got one mare and she puts a great body on them and knocks it out of the park.”
Last year, Stewart was in a similar position with G M B Racing’s Tom’s Ready, who looked like a Kentucky Derby trail horse to watch on the strength of a stakes placing and a sharp local effort. Unlike that son of More than Ready, Saint’s Fan started later and has already earned a stakes win.
“He’s won every (in company) workout all year long,” Stewart concluded. “He’s just been the best and I can’t say enough about him as a 2-year-old. He’s scary-good. We’ll point for the (Grade III $ 200,00) Lecomte (Stakes).”
Saint’s Fan will attempt to do one better than Tom’s Ready, who was the runner-up in the Lecomte in January to kick off a 3-year-old year that saw him finish unplaced in the Grade I Kentucky Derby, become a multiple graded stakes winner and run a credible race in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
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