Bim Bam tries to break through in Sycamore
An international field of eight will square off in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (G3) on Thursday at Keeneland Race Course.
Four of the entries in the 1 ½-mile turf race were foaled outside of North America, and all but one brings with him experience racing in his home country.
Bim Bam, one of the domestic products, has been knocking at the door of a breakthrough victory all year and will seek his first win of 2011 in his tenth try. The four-year-old Deputy Wild Cat colt enters off a fourth-place finish in the PTHA President’s Cup Stakes at Parx Racing and has been competing in Grade 1 company for most of the spring and summer.
Kent Desormeaux picks up the mount aboard Bim Bam for trainer Ronald Moquett and owners Chuck and Ella Lou Hagaman.
Leading the international contingent is Sanagas (Ger). The German stakes winner came to North America earlier this year and won the John’s Call Stakes on August 5 at Saratoga Race Course (video). The five-year-old Lomitas (GB) gelding’s most recent start came in the Bowling Green Handicap (G2) on September 10 at Belmont, where he finished fourth. Sanagas is the only horse in the field to boast a North American stakes victory in 2011. Graham Motion trains Sanagas for owner Andreas Jacobs. Regular rider Rajiv Maragh again will have the riding assignment in Thursday’s race. Also entered is Center Divider, a four-year-old Giant’s Causeway colt who enters the Sycamore off a runner-up finish in the Bowling Green. He finished second to Sanagas the John’s Call in his start prior to the Bowling Green.
Julien Leparoux will ride Center Divider for owner Amerman Racing Stables and trainer Chad Brown.
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