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Breeders' Cup 2017

Know More Stretches Out in FrontRunner

Know More wins the Best Pal Stakes G2
Photo: AP/Benoit Phot

J. Paul Reddam Racing’s Know More, a first-out winner of the Grade II Best Pal on Aug. 5 at Del Mar, would appear to be the horse to beat in Saturday’s FrontRunner Stakes, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles—who are seeking to run in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at the same distance on Nov. 3.

Trained by Doug O’Neill, the Kentucky-bred colt by Lion Heart was second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths, in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 5. The FrontRunner will be his first time at two turns.

Bob Baffert will send out three juveniles in the FrontRunner: Carving, Den’s Legacy and Power Broker.

Owned by Westrock Stables, Den’s Legacy overcame a troubled start to break his maiden going six furlongs on Aug. 26 at Del Mar. A Florida-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro, Den’s Legacy has been ridden in all three of his starts by Rafael Bejarano, who has opted to ride Power Broker. Alonso Quinonez will be aboard for the first time on Saturday.

Carving, owned by world-renowned skier Bode Miller and Baffert’s wife, Jill, broke his maiden for an $80,000 tag at Del Mar Aug. 23 and comes off a 3 ¼ lengths win in the $50,000 C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes at Fairplex Sept. 12. According to Baffert, he is on the improve and has the benefit of two-turn experience, as his Afflerbaugh win came on a five-eighths-mile oval.

Although still a maiden from three starts, Gary and Mary West’s Power Broker, a $360,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase, has two solid turf route efforts to his credit, most recently the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at Del Mar Sept. 5.

Trainer Jeff Mullins will saddle a pair in the FrontRunner, Oak Tree Juvenile Turf winner Dry Summer and Gabriel Charles, who comes off a troubled sixth place run in the Del Mar Futurity. Joe Talamo had ridden both colts and has opted for “Gabriel.” Rosie Napravnik will ride Dry Summer. Both horses are owned by Britt and House.

John Sadler will saddle Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ highly regarded Capo Bastone, a first-out maiden winner on Aug. 4 who was bet to 3-1 in the Del Mar Futurity, finishing fourth, beaten 2 ¾ lengths.

The complete field for the FrontRunner, which will be run as the seventh race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Carving, Martin Garcia, 122; Gabriel Charles, Joe Talamo, 122; Dirty Swagg, David Flores, 122; The Whole Deal, Edwin Maldonado, 122; Dry Summer, Rosie Napravnik, 122; Imperative, Aaron Gryder, 122; Know More, Garrett Gomez, 122; Capo Bastone, Victor Espinoza, 122; Den’s Legacy, Alonso Quinonez, 122; Power Broker, Rafael Bejarano, 122, and Wild Student, Iggy Puglisi, 122.


 

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