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Quotes from the $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

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Braxton Lynch (winning owner of Big Bend)

“He’s been a mile and a half before (when he won a July 13 allowance at Delaware Park). We just figured out this might be his distance. Drayden (Van Dyke) rode him excellently.

“First time against older horses, so we didn’t know what to expect. We’re very pleased.”


LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 17, 2017) – Trainer Arnaud Delacour received a four-legged present from France in early August by the name of Canessar (FR), and the 4-year-old’s American unveiling was an unqualified success.

“We were excited to get him,” Delacour said of the gelding owned by Guy Pariente. “I had seen his races in France and he is a good long-distance horse.”


Merriebelle Stable’s Renown (GB) will face 12 rivals Thursday when he attempts to become the fifth horse to win the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) going 1½ miles over the Keeneland turf course in consecutive years.

The Sycamore will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Holiday Star Repeats in Sycamore

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 15, 2015) – Augustin Stable’s Holiday Star took command in midstretch and then held off a late bid from favored Charming Kitten by a half-length to win the 21st running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) for 3-year-olds and up before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 11,952.

Holiday Star Prevails Over Soft Ground in Sycamore

LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 16, 2014) – Augustin Stable’s Holiday Star surged past the pace-setting Red Rifle at the sixteenth pole and went on to score a half-length victory in the 20th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 8,529.

Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Holiday Star covered the 1½ miles on a turf course labeled “soft” in 2:33.83.

Quotes from the $100,000 Sycamore (G3)

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Graham Motion (winning trainer of Holiday Star)

On winning his third consecutive race at Keeneland

“It was a good day to visit. I’m glad they left (the Sycamore) on the grass. That was a great move for everybody, and the grass is in good shape.”

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.




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