Vegso Racing Stable’s Light Bringer proved successful at the 1-mile distance as a 2-year-old and is ready to make her 3-year-old season debut at the same distance in the $65,000 Chispiski Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday.
Light Bringer closed out her 2-year-old season on a winning note with a 1 ¼-length victory in a 1-mile allowance at Calder on November 29, which was just her second career appearance at the distance. She made her stakes debut at the 1-mile distance in the Lindsay Frolic Stakes at Calder on August 24. In the Lindsay Frolic, Light Bringer lost by just a nose, after being overtaken at the wire in just her second career start.
“What I like about Light Bringer is she showed early in her career that she can go two turns,” said trainer Bill White. “It’s hard to find 2-year-old fillies that want to go long and she wants to go long. The stakes coming up is a 2-turn race and if she reverts back to her previous form she has a big chance here.”
Light Bringer broke her maiden at Calder her first-time-out in a 5-furlong maiden special weight race on July 28. She has had only two races in which she has finished off-the-board. She ran sixth in the 1 mile-70 yard Brave Raj Stakes at Calder on September 14 and came seventh in the 6 ½-furlong Juvenile Filly Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park on November 9.
White writes off the two off-the-board finishes and is hopeful for a good performance in the Chispiski.
“Physically she came out of the races fine,” said White. “She just appeared to have gone off-form a little bit. She has been training really well since then, much as she was earlier this summer when she was running well. That is why I’m encouraged. If she had not run well in the allowance race I wouldn’t have entered her in the stakes.”
Another Vegso Racing Stable-owned stablemate of Light Bringer, Brilliantlee, is another horse to watch out for in the upcoming weeks from the White barn. He broke his maiden at Calder two starts ago in a 1-mile maiden special weight race on the turf on October 11, scoring by 2 ¼ lengths after taking the lead in the stretch. He finished sixth in his stakes debut at Gulfstream Park in the 1-mile Juvenile Turf Stakes on the turf at Gulfstream on November 9.
Brilliantlee recently turned 3-years-old and has shown White that he, too, wants to go the distance.
“He is also a horse that wants to go long,” said White. “He seems to be coming around. We’re looking forward to his next start or two to see what he’s all about.”
A win in the Chispiski would bring Light Bringer her first stakes win. The season course for the filly after the Chispiski has yet to be mapped out. Her path will be based on her performance in the stakes.
“Right now she still has a lot to prove about how much quality she really has, so we are taking it just one race at a time,” said White. “We know she is at least an allowance quality horse, and it is up to her to prove if she is more than that.”
Light Bringer will break from the outside after drawing post position eight and has jockey Jonathan Gonzales named to ride. The Chispiski has an approximate post time of 4 p.m.