Super Derby on Lawyer Ron's list
Lawyer Ron will return next month to Louisiana Downs, where he launched a six-race win streak last December. The Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby Sept. 23 at the Bossier City, La., track is one of three upcoming stakes objectives for the comebacking colt, according to his trainer, Bob Holthus.
"It is on our agenda," he said of the Super Derby. "We're planning on his first start being the St. Louis Derby on Aug. 26, then we're going to come back in the Super Derby, and, hopefully, the Breeders' Cup."
The $250,000 St. Louis Derby will be run at 1 1/16 miles at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. The race will be Lawyer Ron's first start since an uncharacteristic 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on May 6.
"He had a little chip in his hind ankle, and we removed it and he's done well," Holthus said. "He's happy, and luckily he's getting a little break through all this real hot weather. Hopefully, it will cool off a little bit."
Lawyer Ron recorded his third workout since the layoff on Tuesday, going five furlongs in 1:01. The move came at his Churchill Downs base and under regular rider John McKee.
"He worked very good," Holthus said Tuesday. "We were pleased. He galloped out [six furlongs] in 1:13 and change. Everything looks good."
Lawyer Ron won six straight races leading up to the Kentucky Derby, a streak that began at Louisiana Downs during the special Fair Grounds meet, when he won an off-the-turf optional claimer on Dec. 9.
"He won two races there," Holthus said of Louisiana Downs. "He knows the track."
Following the optional claiming win, Lawyer Ron shipped to Evangeline Downs and captured the $100,000 Diamond Jo on Dec. 31. He then returned to Louisiana Downs and dominated the Grade 3, $250,000 Risen Star on Jan. 14, earning a career-best Beyer Figure of 106.
Lawyer Ron's other wins during the streak came at Oaklawn Park, in the $250,000 Southwest on Feb. 25; the Grade 3, $300,000 Rebel on March 18; and the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 15. Those victories made him undefeated on dirt heading into the Kentucky Derby.
In all, Lawyer Ron has won seven of 15 starts and $1,220,008.
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