Unbeaten After Market tries to stretch his winning streak to five when he faces a full field in the $500,000 Kent Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Delaware Park turf course Saturday.
The Delaware course was given a two-week "rejuvenation" break in preparation for the 1 1/8-mile event which drew 14 entries. Twelve are to start.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's homebred son of Storm Cat
--Tranquility Lake (Rahy
) is coming off a 2 1/4-length win in the 1 1/8-mile National Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 7 at Saratoga. It was the colt's second graded stakes victory for trainer Bill Mott. He won Belmont Park's Lexington (gr. IIIT) a month earlier.
Cornelio Velasquez returns to the saddle on After Market, who breaks from post 11 in the field of 12 and carries 120 pounds.
Grade II winner Brilliant, whose three-race winning streak came to an end with a fifth-place finish in the Hall of Fame, tries After Market once again Saturday for trainer Neil Howard. The Mill House-owned Brilliant, a son of War Chant
who has captured four of seven in 2006, won Churchill Downs' 1 1/8-mile Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT) on June 17 prior to the Hall of Fame. Robby Albarado has been aboard for all nine of Brilliant's starts. Brilliant also carries 120 pounds.
The top local connection, Puglisi Stables and Steve Klesaris' Diabolical, brings a three-race winning streak into Saturday's race. He notched an easy 2 ¾-length score in the 1 1/16-mile Nick Shuk Memorial on the grass Aug. 12 for Klesaris, who trains Diabolical. Previously, the son of Artax
won the 1 1/16-mile Stanton Stakes which was originally scheduled for the turf but transferred to the main track. He also won a one-mile turf allowance at Monmouth Park during the streak.
Earlier in the year, Diabolical finished eighth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) following a second in the Spectacular Bid Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Last year, he closed his 2-year-old campaign by finishing third to Bluegrass Cat in the Nashua (gr. III) at Belmont and then by finishing second to Barbaro in the Laurel Futurity on grass. He has a career record of five wins, four seconds, and a third from 12 starts with earnings of $275,850.
"He has had an outing over Delaware's turf course," said Klesaris. "He did it in the right kind of fashion. This is a colt that I have always had a lot confidence in. There could not be a better time or place to try a race like this for this kind of money."$500,000 Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT), 3-Year-Olds, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, ML Odds
1. Sir Classic Chris (KY), Jonathan Joyce, 116, 30/1
2. Diabolical (KY), Mario Pino, 118, 8/1
3. Mercurius (KY), no rider, 116, 20/1
4. Brilliant (KY), Robby Albarado, 120, 6/1
5. Sea of Trees (KY), Jeremy Rose, 116, 15/1
6. Act of God (PA), no rider, 116, 12/1
7. Carnera (KY), Fernando Jara, 116, 8/1
8. Rock Lobster (FL), Jose Caraballo, 118, 15/1
9. Yankee Master (KY), no rider, 116, 15/1
10. Silent Roar (KY), Stewart Elliott, 116, 30/1
11. After Market (KY), Cornelio Velasquez, 120, 8/5
12. Presious Passion (FL), Stewart Elliott, 118, 15/1Also Eligible
13. Kip Deville (OK), Ramon Dominguez, 118, 12/1
14. Spider Power (IRE), no rider, 116, 10/1