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Photo: Four Footed Fotos
On a day filled with outstanding performances by locally based horses, the effort of Team Block’s Suntracer remains a mystery after the 3-1 second choice in the Listed $400,000 American St. Leger faltered to finish an extremely uncharacteristic ninth of 10 - beaten 20 lengths.

“He seems to be fine,” trainer Chris Block reported.  “I don’t know what happened.  We’re regrouping and we’ll see how he comes out of it and go from there.”

Creating a bit of buzz all week leading up to the event in which he finished second the year prior, the son of Kitten’s Joy was comfortable in his normal spot - about three-quarters of the way back in seventh - but failed to menace when roused on the third and final turn under new jockey Javier Castellano.  It was only the fourth time since Oct. 2012 that the bay 6-year-old had finished worse than fourth and the first poor showing at Arlington International Racecourse since an atypical eighth-place finish in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes almost exactly three years prior.

"It was very out of character and it would be nice to have an excuse,” Block continued.  “Hopefully when we regroup, we’ll figure out what happened.”

Obvious spots for redemption this fall for the earner of $618,306 in 34 starts include the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs in September and the Grade III Sycamore in October at Keeneland.  Suntracer finished third and fourth - beaten a grand total of 2¼ lengths - in those races last year, respectively.


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