Informative Will Try To Keep Bucking The Odds In Suburban

Trin-Brook Stables’ Informative already proved he can win a graded stakes as a long-shot and will look to register a second upset win in as many months when he competes as part of a six-horse field in Saturday’s Grade 2 Suburban for 4-year-olds and up going 1 1/14 miles at Belmont.

The Uriah St. Lewis trainee captured the Grade 3 Salvator Mile on June 12 at Monmouth Park, winning at 79-1 odds in besting Grade 1-placed Ny Traffic by a full length in the one-mile contest for just his third career victory in 25 starts.

St. Lewis will put the 4-year-old Bodemeister colt up against another accomplished field in the Suburban, which is a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Grade 1, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November at Del Mar.

After being stabled at Parx, Informative will be making his second career start at Belmont.

“He’s doing everything good; his training’s been good,” St. Lewis said Friday morning. “We’ll be there sometime tonight.”

Informative, again the longest shot on the board on the morning line at 15-1, will break from post 2 with jockey Manny Franco in the irons for the 135th running of the Suburban.

“I’m very confident because he’s running the same numbers as the rest of the field,” St. Lewis said. “We have a very good jockey. I think he’s doing fantastic and I think he has a very good chance to win.”

Informative earned a personal-best 99 Beyer for his Salvator Mile victory, in which he rallied from last-of-10 to win over a fast Monmouth track. After never posting a Beyer higher than 85 through his first 23 starts, Informative has now reached the 90-plateau in consecutive races, starting with a runner-up effort going 1 1/16 miles in an optional claimer on May 15 at Pimlico [90] before his breakthrough performance last out.

“Within the last two months, we’ve seen an entirely different horse,” St. Lewis said. “He’s doing everything right. He’s producing wins, so hopefully, we’ll just do it again. He got stronger. He’s always been on the lean side; he’s not one of those big, heavy horses. But he eats up everything and sleeps well and has been training fantastic.

“His attitude has changed,” he added. “He used to be a little more rough around the edges. Now, he’s more focused when he’s getting ready to run. He’s doing great.”

Informative’s only previous start at Belmont came when sixth against allowance company in June 2020. That race – won by Tap It to Win – pitted Informative against Suburban even-money favorite Mystic Guide [who ran second that day]. St. Lewis said Informative could also relish stretching out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time in his career.

“I think it will benefit him a lot because he’s one of those horses who can just sit and wait for the race to develop in front of him and then make his run,” St. Lewis said. “The last time he ran there, he ran against some of the horses running tomorrow. He got checked at the top of the stretch and ended up finishing sixth. After that, we went all over the place, but we’re back and he’s focused now and hopefully we’ll see the same Informative that we did in the last two races.”

St. Lewis owns Trin-Brook Stables with his family and said that has allowed him to take his time and place Informative in spots that have helped him improve later in his career. It was the same trajectory Discreet Lover took in winning the 2018 Grade 3 Excelsior and the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup [at 45-1 odds] as a 5-year-old.

“We train for ourselves, which is great, so we don’t have any pressure,” St. Lewis said. “If we do poorly, we go back to the drawing board. If we do well, we look good. That’s the good thing about it. With my wife, son and daughter, we sit down together and say, ‘this is a good spot,’ or ‘let’s try this’ and then we do it.”

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