Friday’s John’s Call presented by
Sportech, a 1 5/8-mile grass event for horses who have not won a graded turf
stakes in 2011, attracted a full field of 12, including Lothenbach Stables’ Bearpath, who was second by a nose to
the filly Keertana two starts back in the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap at
Churchill Downs on May 28.
Second in last year’s Grade 1
Sword Dancer Invitational at the Spa, Bearpath was sixth in his most recent
start, the Grade 1 Man o’ War at Belmont Park on July 9. Ridden by Freddie Lenclud
for trainer Ian Wilkes, Bearpath will leave from post 4 as the 4-1 morning-line
Dark Cove, trained by Ken McPeek for
owner Joseph Englehart, has returned to the Eastern time zone following a
sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup over the all-weather on
July 9. Two starts back, he was third, beaten two lengths, in the Colonial Turf
Cup on June 18. Manoel Cruz will
ride Dark Cove, the third choice on the morning line at 5-1, from post 9.
The John’s Call will be the
second start in the United
States and seventh overall for Sanagas, a lightly raced 5-year-old
trained by Graham Motion for Andreas Jacobs. Winner of three handicap races in
Germany , Sanagas was seventh in the
Grade 3 Arlington Handicap on July 9. Sanagas, 12-1 on the morning line, will
have the services of jockey Rajiv Maragh from post 7.
From the rail out, the field also
includes Kindergarden Kid, Followmyfootsteps, Romp, Bold Hawk, Simmard, Memorial Maniac, Viscount, Center Divider, and Afleet Again.