Lieutenant Ron Entered Saturday in the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap
Lieutenant Ron Looks to Take the Next Step
After beginning his career with an eight length win last November, Lieutenant Ron gave his owners a reason to believe their colt could be something special. He has done nothing to temper that enthusiasm since, with two wins and a troubled third in his three starts since that smashing maiden victory. His fifth start stands to be his toughest assignment to date as he is entered in the Grade III $100,000 Discovery Handicap this Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.
"We're excited about the future of this horse," president Terry Finley said Friday afternoon. "This will be a good test to see where we're at in terms of making the step up into graded company. He's done nothing wrong so far and we're very excited to see him run Saturday."
The Discovery Handicap will be Lieutenant Ron's first effort in a graded stakes race and he has drawn the outside post in the field of eight three-year-olds.
Jockey Alan Garcia, who has been aboard Lt. Ron for all four of his previous starts, will ride once again on Saturday. Upon returning to the winner's circle aboard Speed Dating on Friday afternoon, one of four winners for Garcia on the card, Garcia said, "and the big horse goes tomorrow," referring to his enthusiasm regarding Lt. Ron's entry in the Discovery.