A mishap ruined his last start, but Prince Rahy looks ready to take on stakes company for the first time in Saturday's $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT), according to trainer Frank Alexander.When the 3-year-old Dogwood Stable runner clipped heels with a rival while making a late charge in an allowance race Feb. 21, it stymied his chances of catching eventual winner Wallstreet Scandal. Prince Rahy was attempting to build on a two-length maiden breaker in his previous effort. "He lost all chance when that horse came over on him," said Alexander. "I think it definitely cost us second or third. It's a much better race than it looks in the paper."Prince Rahy starts from post 5 with Cornelio Velasquez aboard. Nine were entered in the 1 1/8-mile turf test for 3-year-olds.The tough trip has been typical of the hard luck Prince Rahy has endured in his five starts so far. The colt was crushed in three races on the dirt, including one race scheduled for the turf but moved to the main track. His breeding, dislike for the dirt and late-closing style have all combined to make his connections certain his talents will shine through on the grass when he can get his chance."That's the problem with having a grass horse," said Alexander. "You've got traffic or it takes quite a while for a race to go."Alexander is hoping for a happy medium when it comes to pace. He was part of a seven-horse scramble for the lead in his first turf race, then fell behind by almost 10 lengths last time for Velasquez."He's learned to relax a little more and be near the front, and stay covered up by horses outside him," Alexander said. "I think he doesn't have to be as far back this time either. It was Cornelio's first time riding Prince Rahy and I might have told him to take him too far back."
Prince Rahy will get an extra half-furlong to play with compared with his last race. The Palm Beach helped launch turf champion Kitten's Joy on his Eclipse Award-winning campaign last year."He's gotten better since his last start," said Alexander of his charge. "He's worked out really well in between. We're looking forward to going."$100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT), 3-year-olds 1 1/8 miles (turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Tadreeb (KY), 118, Eibar Coa
2. Killenaule (KY), 120, Christopher P. DeCarlo
3. Fire It Up (KY), 118, Brian J. Hernandez, Jr.
4. So Swanky (FL), 118, Cornelio H. Velasquez
5. Prince Rahy (KY), 118, Cornelio H. Velasquez
6. Interpatation (KY), 116, Tom G. Turner
7. Fishy Advice (KY), 118, Eddie Castro
8. Champagne Brunch (FL), 118, Manoel R. Cruz
9. Gun Salute (KY), 120, Heberto Castillo, Jr.