05/03/2012 2:59PM

Will Rogers Downs: Ted's Folly Back from freshening


Ted’s Folly, who spent some time on this year’s Kentucky Derby trail after winning six consecutive races at 2, returns from a freshening Saturday in the $50,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes at Will Rogers Downs near Tulsa.

The race is one of two stakes on the card. Both are for 3-year-olds at a mile, and both are restricted to the offspring of eligible stallions. Ted’s Folly runs in the colts and geldings race, while the other division is restricted to fillies. It drew Wild Toy Lake, who won the six-furlong division of the Oklahoma Stallion Stakes at Remington Park in November.

Ted’s Folly began his win streak last August, when he won a maiden special weight for statebreds at Remington. He proceeded to defeat open company in a pair of allowances at the Oklahoma City track before taking its $80,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile and $48,000 Oklahoma Stallion Stakes. Ted’s Folly then made his two-turn debut in the $315,000 Springboard Mile at Remington and closed from last for an impressive win. The performance earned him a shot at some of the Kentucky Derby preps at Fair Grounds, where he ran ninth in the Grade 3 Lecomte in January and eighth in the Grade 2 Risen Star in February. El Padrino, the winner of the Risen Star, is entered in the Kentucky Derby.

“Any time you have a colt that wins six in a row, why naturally, whether you want it to or not, it will go slipping into your mind, ‘Maybe just maybe,’ “ said Wilson Brown, who trains Ted’s Folly for Steve Martin. “So, you got to go try. We went down to there see if he could further himself, and ended up bringing him back home.”

Ted’s Folly, who Brown said seemed to battle allergies in New Orleans, was freshened and shows a pair of bullet works at Will Rogers in preparation for the Stallion Stakes. He went five furlongs in 1:00.20 on March 31, then a half-mile in 46.60 on April 17. Brown called off plans for a work last Monday because of inclement weather in Oklahoma.

“I decided not to work him,” he said. “The way he runs, he’s not going to run until the last three-eighths of it. My plan is to just lay off the pace like always and try to catch them at the end of it.”

Ted’s Folly is to be ridden by David Cardoso.