Suntracing Side Road in Kentucky Turf Cup

2013 Kentucky Turf Cup

Palace MaliceI am previewing a couple of races today and I must say the first one will be a challenge for me. It is the Kentucky Turf Cup Grade 3 Stakes for 3 year olds and up going a distance of 11/2 miles on the turf with a purse of $400,000. I don’t know if I have divulged this fact or not but 11/2 miles is not my favorite distance to handicap. I seem to be unlucky at that distance even though I know that luck has nothing to do with anything. Let’s just say I have been unfortunate at that distance. This year’s Belmont Stakes comes to mind when I said in an article on this blog “…I don’t understand him (Todd Pletcher) entering Palace Malice in the race…” Of course we all know that Palace Malice went wire to wire and won the race. So much for my “expert” opinion. I didn’t think he should be in the race and all he did was win it. Anyway it has been that way in a lot of 11/2 mile races for me. I just can’t seem to get a handle on them. The last one that I remember me wining was when Summer Bird won the Belmont in 2004. But I am going to give this one a shot.

Suntracing the Side Road in Kentucky Turf Cup

NajjaarThe morning line favorite is Temeraine with Gary Stevens in the irons. I find this to be very interesting. This horse has never run 11/2 miles and the only time he finished in the money in a Graded stakes event was when he ran 2nd  in the Arlington Handicap at 29-1. I just don’t believe that he deserves favoritism. The second choice in the morning line is Najjaar with James Graham riding. He nearly won a Grade 3 at this distance when he finished 3rd by a half-length. He has a stalking mentality and could do well in this situation.

SuntracerNow we come to the one I like. (Just remember my record for 11/2 mile races) Side Road with Corey Lanerie up. He paleced 2nd in the Grade 2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keenland. He is lightly raced and took the entire month of August off but has been working well for this one. So my picks for this race are Side Road first, Suntracer 2nd and Najjaar 3rd.  I hope you have better luck with this 11/2 mile event than I have had in the past.





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