‘TDN Rising Star’ Quip (Distorted Humor), a narrow last out winner of the GII Oaklawn H. Apr. 13, is preparing for a start in the GII Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs June 15. Last term’s GII Tampa Bay Derby winner was sidelined after finishing a distant eighth in the GI Preakness S.
“Since we gave him six months off after the Preakness, he’s really changed and matured,” trainer Rodolphe Brisset said. “We really had to crank on him last year to get him ready for the Triple Crown races, but once we backed off him, you could really tell a difference. We got him back and he’s grown and become a new horse. I think we could set ourselves up for a big second half of the year leading into the [GI] Breeders’ Cup Classic. The older horse division is pretty wide open and hopefully we can stamp ourselves as one of the top horses.”