INSTILLED REGARD (c, Arch--Enhancing, by Foresty)
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, 6-2-2-1, $244,000.
Feb. 27 TDN Top 12 Rank: 9
Last Start: 4th, GII Risen Star S., FG, Feb. 17
Accomplishments: 1st, GIII LeComte S., FG, Jan. 13; 2nd, GI Los Alamitos Futurity, LRC, Dec. 9
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. Caulfield on Instilled Regard.
KY Derby Points: 19
Instilled Regard is high on talent, but rates as another horse on this week’s Top 12 who has to recover from a hiccup in his last race. His beaten-favorite fourth in the GII Risen Star S. is likely not indicative of his true ability based on the willingness to fight he displayed in his previous two tries, and a bullet :59.20 (1/58) five-eighths training move at Santa Anita last Wednesday indicates he’s well on his way toward turning in a better effort next time out. “It seems like he likes this track and he’s run good on this track,” assistant trainer Dan Ward told XBTV on Friday. But the connections of this $1.05 million OBSMAR Arch colt are certainly keeping an open mind about where that next start might be. “We’re waiting to find out where the next race is, either Louisiana or Arkansas or Sunland or Santa Anita,” Ward continued. “But we’ll try and have him ready.”