Dundonnell (image via sportinglife.com)
Nov. 3, 4th Race
Post Time: 11:50 a.m. PT
Purse: $1 Million
Distance: One Mile on Turf
Dundonnell, a Group 3 winner two races ago back in the UK, defeated Steeler, the tenacious winner of the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge in that race. His last race was a half-length, second-place finish to the highly regarded unbeaten Toronado (IRE) in a Group 2 race.
Know More has been contending with the best Juveniles in the West Coast on synthetic and dirt, now he will try turf for the first time. If he can do the same on turf, he will be contending for the win here.
Gervinho is unbeaten in two starts. He steps up in class here but has been very impressive in both wins; with Bejarano aboard, this horse is one to watch.
Noble Tune is unbeaten in two starts, winning in both firm and yielding courses. His last win was very impressive on the yield at the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes, and having Ramon Dominguez, the nation's leading jockey, certainly helps.
Artigiano finished a game second to Steeler in the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge and has been very consistent with top company in the UK.
Fantastic Moon (GB) had won his first two races, including a Group 3, before his non-threatening fifth at the Group 2 Royal Lodge in his last start. He was bumped out of the lane as he was making his move which hurt him; he could be a surprise package here.
Dry Summer ran awful on his last start when trying dirt. He is back to turf where he beat possible Juvenile-favorite Power Broker. If he could get on time to the wire first here, it'll be a good play.
Balance the Books has come from well off the pace to win his last two almost to the wire. Looks like he could be better suited to longer distances, but with a slight improvement here, he could figure in the result.
Joha is the speed of the race and will try to play catch-me-if-you-can here. The 10 post doesn't favor him here, and neither does the top flight competition he is facing.
Brown Almighty has hit the board on all of his races, but this will be a much stiffer competition than the ones he has faced so far.
I'm Boundtoscore, George Vancouver, Lines of Battle and Summit County complete the field.
Win - Dundonnell
Place - Know More
Show - Gervinho