Top 3-Year-Old? Turf Star Oscar Performance Could Sway Eclipse Voters

Amerman Racing homebred Oscar Performance could have a legitimate chance at the year-end Eclipse Award for top 3-year-old male, suggested Vance Hanson at brisnet.com. The ridgling son of Kitten’s Joy is a “clear standout” in his age division on the turf, having rattled off three consecutive victories highlighted by a pair of Grade 1 stakes. Sophomore males on the dirt, however, have been consistently inconsistent thus far in 2017.

“Is he the best three-year-old male, period?” Hanson asked. “While it’s impossible to say, some would use his two-for-three season record against Good Samaritan, who romped versus 2017’s first two classic winners in the Jim Dandy (G2), as a sort of measuring stick. Ultimately, it’s unknowable unless he tries dirt himself.”

Trainer Brian Lynch is unlikely to take Oscar Performance off the turf, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner is being aimed at the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont for his next start. If he can find success there over his older male rivals, and neither the Travers nor the Pennsylvania Derby produces a leading contender for top 3-year-old, Oscar Performance may just have the credentials to become the first turf horse voted to the 3-year-old Eclipse Award.

Read more at brisnet.com.

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