On sentiment alone, there is reason to like Nicanor in the Dixie
Stakes. Few things in racing evoke greater sentiment than thoughts of
Nicanor's full brother Barbaro, whose breakdown in the Preakness four
years ago ranks among the most powerful memories that many fans will
ever have of a horse race.
But there are other less emotional
reasons to like Nicanor in the Grade 2, $200,000 Dixie, the richest
race on the Preakness undercard Saturday at Pimlico. The main reason is
that Nicanor can run, as evidenced by impressive back-to-back victories
last spring on the Delaware Park turf.