For as much success as trainer Roger Attfield has enjoyed in long-distance turf races at Keeneland over the years, it is a bit surprising the Canadian-based conditioner has not nailed down a victory in the Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Attfield, who was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame this year, will try to add the 1 1/2-mile turf race to his victory ledger when he sends out 10-year-old Musketier in the $100,000 race for 3-year-olds and older on Oct. 18 at Keeneland.
Since 2006, Attfield has saddled the winner of the Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT), a 1 1/2-mile turf race contested each spring, four times, including taking the 2010 and 2011 editions with Musketier. Musketier, a son of Acatenango, secured the seventh graded stakes win of his career with a narrow victory in the Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) on June 24 at Woodbine.
An earner of $1,129,027, Stella Perdomo’s Musketier finished off the board in his most recent start, a sixth-place finish in the Northern Dancer Stakes (Can-IT) on September 16 at Woodbine. Jockey John Velazquez, who also was inducted into theHall of Fame this year, has the mount Oct. 18..
The field’s other millionaire is Robert Courtney Jr.’s five-time stakes winner Rahystrada, an 8-year-old Rahy gelding who won this year’s Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) for the second time in his career.
Entering in top form is Team Block homebred Ioya Bigtime, whocomes in off a victory over Rahystrada in the Kentucky Cup Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Kentucky Downs. Three starts ago Ioya Bigtime defeated Musketier in winning the Stars and Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.
$100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. III, Race 8, approximate post 4:49 p.m. EDT) 3yo&up, 1 1/2m (turf)
PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Rahystrada (KY), C. Lanerie, 123, B Hughes
2. Kindergarden Kid (KY), J. Leparoux, 121, M. Maker
3. Ioya Bigtime (IL), J. Sanchez, 123, C. Block
4. Seton Hall (KY), C. Borel, 121, I. Wilkes
5. Canaveral (GB), S. Bridgmohan, 121, J. Elliot
6. Musketier (GER), J. Velazquez, 123, R. Attfield
7. Miami Deco (ON), E. Trujillo, 121, B. Lynch