October 30, 2020

Red Knight among several top players in Sycamore

Red Knight winning the 2019 Point of Entry (Coglianese Photography)

Having turned in an impressive second-place effort in last month’s Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) following a layoff of more than eight months, Red Knight is among several serious contenders in Thursday’s $150,000 Sycamore Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.

Sent off at 9-2 despite not having run since January, Red Knight acquitted himself splitting Arklow, who had also won the Kentucky Turf Cup in 2018, and Zulu Alpha, the 2019 Turf Cup winner and an acknowledged leader in the turf male division this season. The Sycamore will mark Red Knight’s second trip over 1 1/2 miles of Keeneland’s turf, the first resulting in a narrow loss in the 2019 Elkhorn (G2).

United Nations (G1) winner Aquaphobia is one of two Mike Maker entries in the Sycamore lineup. After posting a 10-1 upset in that Monmouth Park fixture two back, the 7-year-old finished a distant ninth to Channel Maker in the Sword Dancer (G1) at Saratoga. Maker also saddles Big Agenda, who is 2-for-2 in allowance company since joining the stable over the summer.

Postulation, a close second to Zulu Alpha in the July 12 Elkhorn, weakened to fifth in the Kentucky Turf Cup after pressing the pace. The 8-year-old veteran finished third in last year’s Sycamore, but faces a seemingly tougher field this time.

The field of 10 also includes French import Ziyad, most recently beaten 3 1/2 lengths when trailing a field of six in the Prix Foy (G2) at Longchamp won by Epsom Derby (G1) winner Anthony Van Dyck with staying phenom Stradivarius second. The Group 2 winner has narrowly missed in the last two editions of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) and was a closely-beaten third as the favorite in last year’s Canadian International (G1) when last setting foot in North America.

8th Race – Keeneland – Thursday, October 15th, 2020

STAKES. 1 1/2 Miles Turf. Purse $150,000. Sycamore S.. FOR THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD. (04:57PM) (10)
PPHorseA/SM/EJockeyTrainer
1Postulation8 GL121Leparoux Julien R.Matz Michael R.
2Red Knight6 GL121Graham JamesMott William I.
3He’s No Lemon4 GL121Bejarano RafaelMotion H. Graham
4Split the Wickets4 CL121Hernandez Colby J.Van Berg Thomas L.
5Big Agenda5 GL121Gaffalione TylerMaker Michael J.
6Aquaphobia7 HL125Geroux FlorentMaker Michael J.
7North Dakota4 CL121Lanerie Corey J.McGaughey III Claude R.
8Morning Stride5 HL121Saez GabrielMcGoey Monica
9Eons4 CL121Hernandez, Jr. Brian JosephDelacour Arnaud
10Ziyad (GB)5 GL121Franco ManuelMotion H. Graham