Keeneland: Restless Rider, Royal Charlotte To Square Off In Grade 2 Raven Run

Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Restless Rider and First Row Partners’ Royal Charlotte headline a field of 11 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 21st running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) at 7 furlongs on the main track.

The Lexus Raven Run will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Kenny McPeek, Restless Rider will be making her first start since the Kentucky Oaks (G1) in which she finished off the board for the first time in eight starts. In her two Keeneland starts, she won last fall’s Darley Alcibiades (G1) and this spring was runner-up in the Central Bank Ashland (G1).

Brian Hernandez Jr., will be aboard Restless Rider, who returns to a sprint distance for the first time since a runner-up finish in the Spinaway (G1) at Saratoga as a 2-year-old. Restless Rider will break from post position six.

Royal Charlotte has won five of six starts for trainer Chad Brown with one of those victories coming in an allowance test here in April. Winner of the Prioress (G2) at 6 furlongs in her most recent start, Royal Charlotte will break from post position one and be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione.

Brown has one other starter in the race in Brereton Jones’ homebred Indian Pride, who broke her maiden at first asking by eight lengths at Saratoga going 6 furlongs on Aug. 28. John Velazquez has the mount on Indian Pride and will break from post position three.

Jones also owns Istan Council, an allowance winner who will start from post seven with Chantal Sutherland aboard.

The field for the Lexus Raven Run, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Royal Charlotte (Gaffalione, 120 pounds), Bell’s The One (Corey Lanerie, 118), Indian Pride (Velazquez, 118), Oxy Lady (Declan Cannon, 118), Free Cover (Gabriel Saez, 118), Restless Rider (Hernandez Jr., 118), Istan Council (Sutherland, 118), First Star (Drayden Van Dyke, 118), Horologist (Joe Bravo, 118), Needs Supervision (Feargal Lynch, 118), Irish Mischief (Mike Smith, 118).

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