Merriebelle Stable’s Renown (GB) staved off a late bid from Bigger Picture by a nose to win the 22nd running of the $ 100,000 Sycamore (G3) for 3-year-olds and up before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 8,594.
Renown is trained by Elizabeth Voss, whose late father, Tommy Voss, won the 2008 Sycamore with Always First (GB). The Vosses are the first father-daughter combination to win the same stakes at Keeneland.
Ridden by Angel Cruz, Renown covered the 1½ miles on a soft turf course in 2:35.37.
One Go All Go set the pace with Renown racing in midpack. Going into the far turn, Cruz moved Renown out four wide to make a run at the leaders and joined One Go All Go, Street Fashion and Bullards Alley at the front in the upper stretch.
Charging past the sixteenth pole, Renown struck the front with Bullards Alley to his immediate inside and Bigger Picture surging along the rail and just missing at the wire.
The victory was worth $ 60,000 to Renown, a 5-year-old gelded son of Champs Elysees (GB) out of the Quest for Fame (GB) mare Fame At Last. Renown has earned $ 217,391 with a record of
Renown returned $ 20.80, $ 8.20 and $ 5.40. Bigger Picture, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $ 7.20 and $ 5 with Bullards Alley finishing a half-length back and returning $ 7.60 to show under Marcelino Pedroza Jr.
Street Fashion was another four lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by One Go All Go, Postulation, Up With the Birds, Generous Kitten, Behesht (FR), Fixador (BRZ), favored Greengrassofyoming and Wild About You.
Racing continues Friday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET that is highlighted by the $ 150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the grass.
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Quotes, courtesy of the Keeneland press office
Angel Cruz (winning rider of Renown [GB])
On scoring his second graded stakes victory of Keeneland’s Fall Meet following the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Oct. 7 on Dancing Rags: “I love Keeneland. It’s amazing. It’s beautiful.”
On his victory aboard Renown: “I had a perfect trip. The horse broke a little slow, and I just left him right there and took position. In the far turn, I had so much horse that I went wide and just circled the field.”
Jose Ortiz (rider of runner-up Bigger Picture): “I broke very well. The other horses beat us (out of the starting gate) and I let them go. I felt like I had a chance, but the other horse (Renown) kept coming and my horse kept fighting. He ran a good race.”
Marcelino Pedroza Jr. (rider of third-place finisher Bullards Alley): “My trip was good. I was behind the speed. It was a slow pace. When the winner came to me, I tried to go with him. He ran good. I can’t complain.”
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