Bell’s The One Targets G2 Lexus Run This Weekend

3-9-2019 Corey Lanerie (blue cap), aboard Bell’s The One, turns into the stretch and goes on to win the Allen “Black Cat” Lacombe Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Britt Benson — Photo Courtesy of the Fair Gronds

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Lothenbach Stables’ Bell’s the One, wasn’t the one in her most recent start in the Dogwood (L) at Churchill Downs on Sept. 21.

That day she chased Covfefe home in the 7-furlong stakes that was completed in 1:20.51, just .07 of a second off Groupie Doll’s track record.

Pessin won’t have to worry about Covfefe this weekend when he sends Bell’s the One out for the 21st running of the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) going 7 furlongs on the main track.

“That didn’t come up as an easy spot either,” Pessin said of the Lexus Raven Run. “Chad Brown has a couple in there; the one (Royal Charlotte) has won five of six and the other one (Indian Pride) won by eight the only time she ran.”

The Dogwood marked the return to the races for Bell’s the One after finishing seventh in the June 8 Acorn (G1) going a mile.

“She just got outrun in the Acorn,” Pessin said of the Majesticperfection filly, who has compiled an 8-4-2-0 mark. “She is doing well and had a good work here the other day (a half-mile in :48 last Saturday).”

Bell’s the One has posted victories on dirt, all-weather and turf.

“I’d like to try her sprinting on the grass,” Pessin said. “Right now what she does best is sprinting on the dirt and there are plenty of races for her.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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