Pocahontas Winner Fun and Feisty Back at Churchill for Rags to Riches

October 28, 2022

Fun and Feisty victorious in the G3 Pocahontas (Coady Photography)

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Lucky Seven Stable’s Fun and Feisty, the 3 ½-length winner of last month’s $300,000 Pocahontas Stakes (Grade III), headlines a field of eight fillies that were entered in Sunday’s 10th running of the $200,000 Rags to Riches at Churchill Downs.

The 1 1/16-mile Rags to Riches is the co-headlining event of Sunday’s Opening Day “Stars of Tomorrow I” card that will showcase all 2-year-old races. Along with the Rags to Riches, the 11-race program features the $200,000 Street Sense (GIII) run at 1 1/16 miles. First post is 1 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the Rags to Riches will go as Race 6 at 3:31 p.m.

Fun and Feisty attempted to parlay her Pocahontas victory to Grade I glory three weeks later in the $500,000 Alcibiades (GI) at Keeneland but finished a disappointing eighth. Fun and Feisty began her career on July 4 at Churchill Downs where she had a troubled sixth-place effort in a maiden special weight contest. Two starts later, the Midshipman filly broke her maiden by three lengths on Arlington Million Day at Churchill Downs. The Pocahontas was Fun and Feisty’s first two-turn test for trainer Kenny McPeek. She’ll attempt her third-career victory in the Rags to Riches with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle and break from post No. 7.

Chief among Fun and Feisty’s rivals in the Rags to Riches is Gold Standard Racing Stable’s eye-catching maiden special weight winner Hoosier Philly. Trained by Tom Amoss, Hoosier Philly was pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) but was not selected into the body of the race. The gray daughter of Into Mischief was well-backed on debut at even-money odds when she rallied from just off the pace to easily win by 1 ¾ under jockey Edgar Morales. Since her first start, Hoosier Philly has worked twice at Churchill Downs including a swift five-furlong move in :59.60 on Oct. 12. Morales will once again have the call from the rail.

Here is the complete field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer):

Hoosier Philly (Edgar Morales, Tom Amoss); Peacock Lass (Tyler Gaffalione, Rudy Brisset); Stellar Lady (Corey Lanerie, Kenny McPeek); East Shore (Martin Garcia, Dale Romans); T Max (Jack Gilligan, William Walden); Naughty Gal (Rafael Bejarano, D. Wayne Lukas); Fun and Feisty (Brian Hernandez, Jr., Kenny McPeek); and Dre Me Less (Florent Geroux, George Arnold III).

Fans can watch and wager on the Street Sense, along with every race from Churchill Downs, on www.TwinSpires.com – the official wagering provider of Churchill Downs Inc. and the Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs Press Release/Edited

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