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Najjaar Takes Inside Route to Win 19th Sycamore

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 17, 2013) – Shadwell Stable’s Najjaar, benefiting from a ground-saving trip from jockey James Graham, edged favored Eagle Poise by three-quarters of a length to win the 19th running of $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1 5/8 miles before a crowd of 9,101 on a Thursday afternoon at Keeneland.

Trained by Danny Peitz, Najjaar raced in the second tier to the inside of Tricky Hat (CHI) as Reflecting set the pace while being tracked by Eagle Poise through fractions of :26.42, :51.63, 1:17.10 and 1:42.12.

Quotes - $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

Danny Peitz (winning trainer of Najjaar)

“I didn’t really know what to expect (after the race was moved from turf to the main track because of rain earlier in the day). The only time he’d run on the Polytrack was in his (third start, in October 2011 at Keeneland). He was a fast-closing second that day. We thought he’d handle it. He’s trained all summer long on it.

“Just working out the trip – I was kinda worried about us being boxed in there and whether he’d get out. He finished well.”

 

James Graham (winning rider)

Kindergarden Kid Catches Ioya Bigtime at the Wire to Win Thursday’s Sycamore

LEXINGTON, KY (October 18, 2012) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kindergarden Kid caught pace-setting Ioya Bigtime in deep stretch to win the 18th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) by a neck before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 9,601 at Keeneland.

Trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Kindergarden Kid provided Maker with his second stakes win of the Fall Meet and was the third stakes win for Leparoux. It was the first Sycamore win for trainer and jockey.

Quotes - $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

Mike Maker (winning trainer of Kindergarden Kid)

“I expected him to run his race. We had a lot of respect for the two horses who just beat him (Ioya Bigtime and Rahystrada in the Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup on September 15) and Musketier (GER) – how could you knock him? This horse is coming around, and I’m very pleased with him.”

 

On whether he was concerned when Ioya Bigtime had a big lead while Kindergarden Kid was fifth in the field of seven

 

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