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Quick Indian under consideration for Risen Star
Daniel Lynch and Merrill Scherer's Quick Indian, one length the best in an allowance and $50,000 optional claiming mile-and-70-yard test for sophomores January 24, is now under consideration for the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes February 22 at Fair Grounds, according to trainer Merrill Scherer.
The $400,000 Risen Star is the centerpiece of event of the New Orleans oval's Louisiana Derby Preview Day, now just three weeks away, and the gala afternoon will offer five stakes races, four of which are graded and serve as the designed local preps for a quartet of Grade 2 stakes on Louisiana Derby Day March 29.
"Yeah, we might want to take a look at (the Risen Star)," Scherer said when asked what the plans were for his improving son of Indian Charlie out of an A. P. Indy mare. "That race might be the next logical spot for him.
"I've got a partner on this horse, so I can't say for sure right now, but he is a pretty nice horse," Scherer said. "Of course, there was a disqualification in his previous race, but with that disqualification, this horse is undefeated going two turns.
"The other side of that disqualification, of course, is that without the DQ, this horse was a maiden going into Friday's race and he beat some pretty nice horses in there," Scherer said.
Scherer was asked if the three days of lost training at Fair Grounds due to inclement weather this week was going to hurt his horse's training coming up the Risen Star.
"I don't think so," Scherer said. "Sure, I lost a couple of days of training with him this week, but so did everybody else. We should be all right with him. That next race is still almost a month away (three weeks) so it shouldn't be a problem for us. (Quick Indian) looks like he's going to be a pretty nice horse for us."
Trainer Danny Pish saddled two horses in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds as the first leg of New Orleans' three-race series for sophomores that concludes with the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby March 29.
One Pish trainee, Dennis Foster's Got Shades, finished fifth at 8-1 odds. The other, Cesar's Parra's Rainbow Trip, ran eighth at 122-1 odds.
Asked about future plans for those two, the southwestern-based conditioner said, "I'll probably back off on 'Shades' once again until late summer but when we bring him back we'll be staying away from any graded stakes stuff.
"I'll probably put 'Rainbow' in a claiming race," Pish said. "He's pretty much out of conditions now so that's probably the only place we can go.
"However, I am thinking about entering Xtra Luck in the Risen Star," Pish added, speaking of the Exchange Rate three-year-old colt owned by Michele and Cliff Love.
Xtra Luck, it should be noted, finished third behind Quick Indian in the latter's winning race one week ago, beating JMJ Racing Stable's highly-regarded Unknown Road in the process.
Another Pish trainee, Dennis Foster's three-year-old Louisiana-bred filly Suaveberry, won Thursday's Fair Grounds finale.