06/18/2015 12:36PM

La Verdad a target in Bed o’ Roses

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Last Saturday night’s Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs was a coming-out party for Noble Bird for Mark Casse and a continuation of the great form shown by Lea under Bill Mott. Noble Bird got first run and held off Lea’s late charge to get a career-best 107 Beyer Speed Figure, his fourth consecutive race with a serious figure improvement. Noble Bird got an 88 when winning by a nose at Oaklawn in March, a 93 when winning by a nose again in April at Keeneland, and then a 103 when second by a head in May at Churchill Downs.