Classic, Clark, Cigar Mile: Bevy Of Choices On The Table For Connect

Following his biggest career victory in the G2 Pennsylvania Derby, the connections of Connect will have several options for the Curlin colt’s next start, trainer Chad Brown told the Daily Racing Form.

“Obviously the Breeders’ Cup will be discussed,” Brown said. “Other options include possibly to freshen the horse up a little bit for a race like the Cigar Mile [Aqueduct, Nov. 26] or the Clark [Handicap, Churchill Downs Nov. 25]. All those races are possible.”

Connect has only lost twice in his six-race career; in his very first start, where he finished third, and in the G1 Travers, where he finished sixth and was diagnosed with a lung infection after the race. Though Connect, owned by Paul Pompa Jr., has been improving with nearly every start, it is possible that facing older horses for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (Nov. 5) would be a very tough task for the lightly-raced colt.

“He’s lightly raced still, he’s an exciting horse for the future,” Brown said. “The prospects of him running in some of these big dirt races as a 4-year-old is certainly exciting.”


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