Centennial Farms' King Cugat won four races as a 3-year-old last season, which culminated with a troubled 11th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
This year Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has elected to run the son of top turf sire Kingmambo in longer races. He recorded his first win of the season in the season by coming from off the pace in the Bowling Green.A challenger to both John's Call and King Cugat could be Slew Valley, who gave King Cugat trouble in the Bowling Green. Under the guidance of trainer Michael Dickinson, Slew Valley has made only one other start besides the Bowling Green this year, an optional claiming race win at Delaware Park.The field for the $500,000 Sword Dancer includes: King Cugat (Jerry Bailey, 120); Craigsteel (Richard Migliore, 114); Gritty Sandie (Edgar Prado, 114); State Shinto (Javier Castellano, 114); Ela Athena (Gary Stevens, 117); Williams News (Robby Albarado, 1114); Slew Valley (John Velazquez, 114); John's Call (Jean-Luc Samyn, 120); Honor Glide (Robbie Davis, 114); and With Anticipation (Pat Day, 114).