Fun and Feisty Comes From the Clouds in Pocahontas

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Road To The Kentucky Derby kicked off Saturday at Churchill Downs, as did The Road To The Kentucky Oaks, with the 54th running of the Grade 3, $300,000 Pocahontas.

The two-year-old filly from Lucky Seven Stable Fun and fiery emerged victorious.

Gently brushed between his rivals shortly after the start, Kenny McPeek’s trainee regained the upper hand and settled well off the pace, eleventh out of twelve as the peloton entered the clubhouse bend. Favorite Great love led the way all the way, uncontested until six furlongs from home, when 13/1 fired friendlypersuasion stood aside to confront him.

Eight lengths behind the action up front, Fun and Feisty launched a spirited four-lane rally around the far corner. Picking up ground with every stride as the peloton headed for the stretch, she easily passed the beleaguered duo of Grand Love and Friendlypersuasion, pulling away to win by three and a half lengths. Under Julien Leparoux, she stopped the clock in 1:45.86.

Shoplifter closed the rail to grab the second. Grand Love held on for the show. Following them came Boss Lady Baileyfriendly persuasion, Adjusting the jets, Southlawn, From nothing at all, Need money, Kiss me on Oconee, just a warriorand naughty girl.

The top three paid 14.46, 14.02 and 2.94 respectively.

Fun and Feisty’s triumph in the Pocahontas was his second consecutive victory, having broken his maiden on the third request during his previous start. Now with 10 qualifying points for the 2023 Kentucky Oaks, Fun And Feisty is a perfect two-on-two at Churchill Downs.

Kenny McPeek spotted Midshipman’s daughter at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Select Yearling sale and brought her home for $100,000.

By Amber Joyce, Editor-in-Chief

Photo: Fun and fiery rolls in Grade 3 Pocahontas (Coady Photography)

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