Big Fields Set for Pocahontas, Iroquois

(from Churchill Downs report)
Stevestan Stable's French Park and Right Place N Time, dazzling winners in their career debuts at Keeneland, are lukewarm respective favorites in the Pocahontas (gr. III) and Iroquois (gr. III), Saturday's pair of Churchill Downs stakes races for 2-year-olds.

The stakes headline the "Stars of Tomorrow Day," an entire racing program devoted to races for juveniles.

The $100,000-added Iroquois and the the $100,000-added Pocahontas for fillies each race attracted 13 entrants. The entire "Stars of Tomorrow Day" card saw 157 horses entered in its 11 races.

French Park, a gray/roan filly by Ecton Park, romped to a 12 ½-length victory in a 6 ½-furlong maiden race at Keeneland on Oct. 20 in the only start of her career. The Helen Pitts-trained filly is the tepid 7-2 choice in the Pocahontas field that also includes the Pitts-trained Lady Danza, a 20-1 shot owned by Raymond Cottrell, Sr. that has won two of three career starts. Mark Guidry will ride French Park.

Another major contender in the Pocahontas is Richard, Elaine and Bert Klein's Swept Gold, a homebred daughter of Touch Gold that finished a fast-closing second to Pocahontas rival Dance Daily in an Oct. 7 allowance race at Keeneland.

The Steve Flint-trained filly won at first asking in the spring at Churchill Downs, but now looks to snap a three-race losing streak that includes third-place finishes behind Effectual in Churchill's Debutante (gr. III) and She Says It Best in the Anna M. Fisher Debutante at Ellis Park.

"We've had a few stumbles along the way, but she has a lot of talent," said Flint. "She's a little immature, but hopefully she'll put it all together for the Pocahontas."

The Steve Asmussen-trained Right Place N Time, fresh off a 10-length romp in his Oct. 9 debut at Keeneland, has been installed as the 7-2 favorite in the Iroquois. Shaun Bridgmohan, who rode the son of Coronado's Quest in his debut, will be in the irons aboard the colt on Saturday.

Darley Stable's Testimony (4-1), an Eoin Harty-trained son of Yes It's True and a 7 ½-length winner in his most recent start at Belmont, is also a leading contender.

Another to watch is Overbrook Farm's Flanders Fields (5-1), a son of A.P. Indy out of 1994 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) champion Flanders. Flanders Field was an easy winner last out at Belmont Park. Claiborne Farm's Laity (6-1), who rolled to an 11 ¾-length win in the Miller Light Cradle at River Downs, but finished a disappointing fourth for trainer Frank Brothers in Keeneland's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (GI), gets another chance.

$100,000-added Pocahontas (gr. III), 2-year-old fillies, 1 mile
PP. Horse (weight) Jockey, ML Odds
1. Wild Tonight (118) John McKee, 20-1
2. Performing Diva (118) Mike Smith, 9-2
3. Trippi Street (118) Robby Albarado, 6-1
4. Trick's Pic (118) Gary Stevens, 20-1
5. Mykindasaint (122) David Flores, 6-1
6. More Than Pretty (118) Jesus Castanon, 15-1
7. Motion (118) John Jacinto, 15-1
8. French Park (118) Mark Guidry, 7-2
9. Lady Danza (118) Willie Martinez, 20-1
10. Swept Gold (118) Rafael Bejarano, 5-1
11. Coolwind (118) Eusebio Razo, Jr., 15-1
12. Maggie Slew (118) Javier Castellano, 15-1
13. Dance Daily (118) Corey Lanerie, 10-1

$100,000-added Iroquois (gr. III), 2-year-olds, 1 mile
PP. Horse (weight) Jockey, ML Odds
1. Mr. Pinstripe (118) Brice Blanc, 30-1
2. High Cotton (118) Javier Castellano, 6-1
3. Mondavi (118) Mike Smith, 30-1
4. Right Place N Time (118) Shaun Bridgmohan, 7-2
5. Catcominatcha (116) Rafael Bejarano, 8-1
6. Red Raymond (122) John McKee, 15-1
7. Sharp Attack (118) Robby Albarado, 12-1
8. Charley Tango (118) Mark Guidry, 30-1
9. Laity (122) Corey Lanerie, 6-1
10. Testimony (118) David Flores, 4-1
11. Grand Survival (118) Gary Stevens, 12-1
12. Brassie Prince (122) Calvin Borel, 30-1
13. Flanders Fields (118) Jerry Bailey, 5-1