Eskendereya Rising Star Remains Undefeated in NOLA

RETIREMENT FUND (c, 3, Eskendereya-Northern Station, by Street Cry {Ire}) broke sharply from his rail draw to don cap and gown by 7 1/4 lengths over this track-and-trip Dec. 22, earning the “TDN Rising Star” nod in the process, and repeated that effort in his first try against winners Saturday. Drawn on the rail once again, the dark bay broke on top and cantered along through comfortable early fractions of :24.10 and :47.95. Showing the way into the lane, the $100,000 FTSAUG buy skipped home under a hand ride to register a facile two-length victory in 1:43.05. Dark Templar (Tapit) completed the exacta. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0.

O-L and N Racing; B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Steve Asmussen.