Snapper Sinclair 'Training Beautfully'
Steve Asmussen has received solid efforts from his 3-year-old contingent in the Fair Grounds Road to The Kentucky Derby points races, but now he hopes for a victory with one of them in the Louisiana Derby.
Snapper Sinclair looks to be the only horse to compete in all three Fair Grounds preps on the Road To The Kentucky Derby. The son of City Zip finished a solid third behind Instilled Regard in the LeComte on Jan. 13 and was beaten a nose by Bravazo in the Risen Star after leading the field through a slow pace.
Those efforts left Snapper Sinclair in search for his first career victory on dirt. He broke his maiden over the turf at Saratoga before winning the Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile Stakes at Kentucky Downs in September. Jose Ortiz ships in the ride.
“Obviously, some solid runs from Snapper in the Lecomte and the Risen Star,” Asmussen said. “Obviously it would be nice to find a little more for Saturday. He’s trained beautifully, and we expect a big run from him.”
Meanwhile, Retirement Fund will return to the Fair Grounds dirt surface following a lackluster performance in Oaklawn Park's Southwest Stakes, where he was a well-beaten seventh on a muddy track.
The son of Eskendereya is undefeated in two starts over at Fair Grounds, both of which he took going gate-to-wire. In his career debut on Dec. 22, he won by 7 1/4 lengths and found the winner’s circle again on Jan. 20 when defeating fellow Louisiana Derby aspirant Dark Templar by two lengths. He will be guided by regular rider Shaun Bridgmohan.
“I don’t know how to evaluate the off track race in Hot Springs, but he’s trained solidly back,” Asmussen said. “Both he and Snapper have drawn well for who they are.”
Both Snapper Sinclair and Retirement Fund share a similar running style, but where they both end up in the race will all depend on the break from the gate, according to Asmussen.
“They’re both very manageable horses,” Asmussen said. “Snapper is coming out of deeper fields, so I think his pace scenario is a little more tried and true. Retirement Fund having everything his own way in a maiden and an 'a other than' doesn’t always translate into a stake.”
Asmussen will be going for his fourth victory in the Louisiana Derby. He won previous editions of the with Fifty Stars (2001), Pyro (2008) and reigning Horse of the Year Gun Runner (2016).
Edited Fair Grounds release