Mylute, Golden Soul Finish Major Risen Star Work
By Dick Downey
The Tom Amoss and Dallas Stewart trainees both worked Friday morning at Fair Grounds for the Grade II Risen Star on Feb. 23.
Amoss sent out Mylute, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 (5/29). Mylute was included as an individual entry in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 last weekend and closed at 123-1, but he has won going two turns at Fair Grounds -- and prevailed by 10 3/4 lengths doing it under Rosie Napravnik. However, Napravnik will ride Todd Pletcher's Palace Malice in the Risen Star.
Mylute already has three on-the-board finishes in stakes: a second in the $75,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows in his second start, a second in the $200,000 Jean Laffite Stakes at Delta Downs, and a third in the Grade III Delta Jackpot.
Stewart's Golden Soul six furlongs in 1:12.60 (1/3). Golden Soul was the 11-length runner-up to Oxbow in the Grade III Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds on Jan 19. At 1 1/16 mile, the Risen Star will be 40 yards longer than the Lecomte -- hardly enough extra ground to make up that many lengths. But Brian Hernandez, Jr. expressed optimism after the Lecomte.
"He finished good and I think the distance will help him," the jockey said. "The further they go the better he’ll get. And it’s only his third start, so to step up like he did in the Lecomte, there’s no denying he’s a good horse.”