By Noel Michaels
With the move from dirt to turf under trainer Chad Brown, it’s easy to see why the owners of Instilled Regard are optimistic heading into Saturday’s $1 Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
“This is the same horse that showed up for me on Kentucky Derby day,” owner Larry Best of OXO Equine said after Instilled Regard (fourth in the 2018 Derby) won the Fort Lauderdale (G2) in his most recent start. “This is a real horse. He needed time to mature. This is the kind of race we need to go on to bigger things.”
Since turf wizard Brown took over training from Jerry Hollendorfer, Instilled Regard has given every indication turf his is best surface. After running ninth – and last – in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) on dirt in September in his first start for Brown, the trainer tried the turf and Instilled Regard has responded with a 4-1-1-2 record on the surface. Just to be sure turf was the right surface, Brown sent the horse out in the Alysheba (G2) on dirt, where he finished sixth.
Instilled Regard, 10-1 on the morning line, is one of three Turf entries from Brown’s stable. The others are Without Parole and Sacred Life.
Post position: No. 6
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owners: OXO Equine LLC
Career record: 14-3-3-3
Career earnings: $589,240
Pedigree: Arch-Enhancing, by Forestry
Running style: Stalker
“Just won Gulfstream stakes at 1 1/8 miles; contender.’’ – Ed McNamara
“Benefited from a perfect trip to win Fort Lauderdale, but will need to run a lot faster to prove up to this task … Can never count Chad Brown trainee out of turf race.’’ – Noel Michaels
Notes: Most recent work was Jan. 18 – 5 furlongs in 1:04 at Palm Meadows Training Center – the 15th fastest of 18 horses at the same distance … Let’s still remember this is same horse that finished third in an Aqueduct allowance optional claiming race Nov. 9 … Fort Lauderdale victory was his first trip to the winner’s circle in nearly two years … on plus side, distance will be no problem … Brown is looking at a fourth straight Eclipse-se Award as the nation’s top trainer … Instilled Regard was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. in his last two outings … Other horses campaigned by OXO Equine include Cambier Parc, Instagrand and Brill.
|1||Zulu Alpha||Tyler Gaffalione||Michael Maker||12-1|
|2||Arklow||Luis Saez||Brad Cox||6-1|
|3||Without Parole||Frankie Dettori||Chad Brown||4-1|
|4||Sadler’s Joy||Javier Castellano||Tom Albertrani||8-1|
|5||Channel Cat||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||10-1|
|6||Instilled Regard||N/A||Chad Brown||10-1|
|7||Admission Office||Jose L. Ortiz||Brian Lynch||30-1|
|8||Henley’s Joy||Julien Leparoux||Michael Maker||30-1|
|9||Next Shares||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||Richard Baltas||30-1|
|10||Mo Forza||Joel Rosario||Pete Miller||5-1|
|11||Sacred Life||N/A||Chad Brown||12-1|
|12||Magic Wand||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||7-2|
Noel Michaels has been involved in many aspects of thoroughbred racing for more than two decades, as a Breeders’ Cup-winning owner and as a writer, author, handicapper, editor, manager and promoter of the sport for a wide range of companies including Daily Racing Form and Nassau County Off-Track Betting.
He also is regarded as the leading source of news and information for handicapping tournaments and the author of the “Handicapping Contest Handbook: A Horseplayer’s Guide to Handicapping Tournaments”, which made his name virtually synonymous with the increasingly-popular tournament scene.
In addition to contributing to US Racing, he is also an analyst on the Arlington Park broadcast team.