While it may be a 10 horse field, there are many who agree that this year's version will only be a two horse race. Two of the most talented colts of recent seasons, both unbeaten, with resumes that are hugely impressive, will go head to head in a showdown that is bound to keep viewers on the edges of their seats.
Last season's Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Nyquist, himself a son of former Champion Two-Year-Old, Uncle Mo (currently the Leading Sire of Stakes winners in North America for the year) faces the challenge of his life in Mohaymen, who happens to enjoy favouritism right now. The latter obviously has the home-ground advantage in his favour, but the former, as a graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Two-Year-Old Sale, is eligible for a $1million bonus on top of the $600,000 purse for first place should he win the race, most certainly giving the team the motivation they require.
Mohaymen has drawn nine, which trainer Kiaran McLaughlin believes will work in his favour given his mount's natural speed that could prove handy in being able to pin Nyquist, drawn four, down the rail. The general consensus is that all eyes will be trained on these generation leaders for the win, but if there's an outsider to be concerned about, it has to Takeittotheedge, who proved in the only race of his career to date that he has the speed to go up against the best of them; only Saturday will tell us how good they each are.
For racing enthusiasts, time differences will ensure that our own Classics are already done and dusted, and we’ll have to wait for the early hours of Sunday morning before we know the outcome.
Here is the field for this weekend's race:
|Draw 1||Sawyers Mickey||(Peter Walder / Scott Spieth)||30-1|
|Draw 2||Fellowship||(Stanley Gold / Jose Lezcano)||15-1|
|Draw 3||Majesto||(Gustavo Delgado / Javier Castellano)||20-1|
|Draw 4||Nyquist||(Doug O'Neill / Mario Gutierrez)||6-5|
|Draw 5||Copingaway||(Jaime Meija / Miguel Vasquez)||50-1|
|Draw 6||Chovanes||(Jorge Navarro / Edgard Zayas)||30-1|
|Draw 7||Takeittotheedge||(Dale Romans / Tyler Gaffalione)||20-1|
|Draw 8||Fashionable Freddy||(Nick Zito / Nik Juarez)||30-1|
|Draw 9||Mohaymen||(Kiaran McLaughlin / Junior Alvarado)||1-1|
|Draw 10||Isofass||(Francis Abbott III / Julien Leparoux)||30-1|
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