Three Diamonds Farm’s Bigger Picture captured the second graded stakes win of his career in Sunday’s G3 John B. Connally Turf Cup, making a strong middle move under jockey Jose Ortiz and holding on to win by just over a length. Trainer Mike Maker entered the top three finishers in the $ 200,000 contest at Sam Houston Race Park, completing the trifecta with Oscar Nominated and Greengrassofyoming. Bigger Picture, a 6-year-old son of Badge of Silver, covered the 12-furlong course over the firm turf in 2:32.24.
Longshot Fall of Troy broke on top of the field, shadowed by Oscar Nominated rounding the far turn for the first time. Those two remained three-quarters of a length apart through early fractions of :25.23 and :51.49, tracked by Bigger Picture along the rail in third and Hay Dakota and Greengrassofyoming moving together in fourth. When Jose Ortiz felt the pace slow in the second quarter mile, he took advantage of his location on the rail and urged Bigger Picture through a narrow hole on the inside, taking the lead to mark three quarters in 1:17.90.
Bigger Picture took a one-length lead at the top of the backstretch, leading Fall of Troy and Oscar Nominated. Rounding the far turn for the second and final time, Oscar Nominated moved up to challenge Bigger Picture, but a quick flick of the whip from Ortiz carried Bigger Picture out to a solid 3/4-length lead at the top of the lane. With the wire in sight, Bigger Picture pinned his ears and gutted out the win, drawing away from his stablemates late to win by just over a length. Oscar Nominated held second over a hard-charging Greengrassofyoming.
Bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Bigger Picture was a $ 32,000 claim in November of 2015. A year later, the gelding recorded his first graded stakes win in the G3 Red Smith Handicap. Overall, Bigger Picture boasts a record of 9-4-1 from 22 starts, with earnings of over $ 580,000.
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