INSTILLED REGARD (c, Arch–Enhancing, by Forestry)
O-OXO Equine LLC. B-KatieRich Farms (KY). T-Jerry Hollendorfer. Sales History: $110,000 RNA yrl KEESEP ’16; $1,050,000 2yo OBSMAR ’17. Lifetime Record: GSW & GISP, 8-2-2-1, $394,000.
This $1.05 million OBSMAR son of Arch gets the award for outrunning his odds (85-1). This could have been a lost cause from the start when he got forced into the auxiliary gate gap at the break and jockey Drayden Van Dyke had a hard time picking a comfortable back-of-pack spot to settle. Instilled Regard had just three horses beaten into the first turn, then continued on the straightaway far back and covered up. No gaps for attack materialized for most of the backstretch run, then about a half mile out Van Dyke got to work, aggressively seizing small openings, and by the time the field hit the far bend Instilled Regard had built up nice momentum while picking off half the pack. But he was still a good nine lengths off the still-gunning leaders turning for home, and while Van Dyke did opportunistically keep slicing through gaps created by tiring horses in the lane, Instilled Regard was not in the same league as the top three under the wire. But it was a credible effort, and the colt will now get a 30-day freshening at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky according to assistant trainer Christina Jelm.