Parx Invader Forewarned Pointing to Saturday’s Jazil S.

Forewarned, owned and trained by Uriah St. Lewis, worked a half-mile solo in 50.59 Thursday at Parx in preparation for Saturday’s $100,000 Jazil, a nine-furlong test for older horses at the Big A.

“The track is really heavy here – he was sixth out of 35 at the distance. He’s coming into it really good,” St. Lewis said. “We work him by himself because he’s an aggressive horse and if we work him in company, he will work too fast. It was just a maintenance work.”

The 7-year-old Flat Out bay posted a 42-1 upset last out in the nine-furlong Queens County on December 19 at the Big A, rallying from 10 lengths off the pace under Dexter Haddock to secure a 1 1/4-length win.

Bred in Ohio by Preston Stables, Forewarned, who boasts a ledger of 45-10-7-4, was purchased for $40,000 by St. Lewis’ Trin-Brook Stable in December 2018 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Mixed Sale.

St. Lewis compared the hard-knocking Forewarned to his former charge Discreet Lover, a veteran of 49 career starts who won the 2018 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Discreet Lover now stands stud in Indiana at R Stars Stallions.

“He’s like Discreet Lover. A long time ago that’s what everybody used to do [run long and often],” St. Lewis said. “Remember Forego, all the horses used to run like that. Now, you run five races and your career is over – six races and you’re a stud.”

Haddock will again ship to New York to retain the mount.

St. Lewis said Golden Essence, who was pulled up last out with a suspensory issue in the Grade 2 Demoiselle on December 4 at the Big A, will be bred to Discreet Lover.

The Super Saver bay, out of the four-time winning Tale of the Cat mare Sinister Tale, graduated in November at Parx traveling one mile 70 yards. Golden Essence advanced to fourth at the half-mile call of the nine-furlong Demoiselle but was pulled up by Haddock and vanned off.

“She had some ability. I thought when she made that move she was going to win and then she started to go back through the pack,” St. Lewis said.

The St. Lewis-owned Informative, a 79-1 winner of the Grade 3 Salvator Mile in June at Monmouth Park, is currently enjoying some down time. The 5-year-old son of Bodemeister, who sports a record of 31-3-3-2 with purse earnings of $289,040, finished off-the-board last out on December 28 in the Kris Kringle at Parx.

“He had a long, hard campaign so we decided to give him a couple months off,” St. Lewis said. “We might bring him back in the middle of February and start cranking him up again. It won’t take him long to get back.”

Source: NYRA

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