Grade II winner Lismore Knight tops a full field of twelve 2-year-old colts entered to run 1-1/16 mile on the turf in Friday's $100,000-added Hopemont.
The three main contenders all ran at Woodbine in Canada in their most recent starts.
Lismore Knight is undefeated in two starts on the grass, including a victory in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine in his latest outing. Todd Pletcher trains the son of Woodman for his father J.J. Pletcher and Barry Simon. Rider Pat Day is back aboard.
DeGannes and Wilson's Skeet placed in two stakes before breaking his maiden. The Mark Casse trainee finished second in the Victoria Stakes and third in the Colin Stakes before winning his first race at Woodbine in his most recent trip to the post. He has never raced on the turf but his pedigree suggests that the son of Dove Hunt might move up considerably on the lawn. Jon Court has the call.
Paris, Ball and Clarke House Stable's Rights Reserved, winner of the Colin Stakes, recently finished fourth in the Grey Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Woodbine. The son of With Approval also makes his grass debut in the Hopemont but his family tree is replete with turf performers. Trainer Charles Simon will give a leg-up to Daniel Coa.$100,000 Hopemont Stakes, 1 1/16 mile on turf, 2-year-old colts
1. Risky Cat (Craig Perret)
2. Rights Reserved (Daniel Coa)
3. Alpler (Curt Bourque)
4. Payforaday (Lonnie Meche)
5. Big Stone Gap (Mike Morgan)
6. Lismore Knight (Pat Day)
7. Crowned King (Chandra Rennie)
8. Zydeco Affair (Robby Albarado)
9. Randwick (Donnie Meche)
10. Skeet (Jon Court)
11. Rapid Proof (Borel)
12. Collateral Damage (Jose Martinez, Jr.).