Renown staves off late bid from Bigger Picture in Sycamore
October 20, 2016 02:01pm
Renown wins 2016 Sycamore
Photo: Keeneland Photo

Merriebelle Stable’s Renown (GB) staved off a late bid from Bigger Picture by a nose to win the 22nd running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) for 3-year-olds and up before a Thursday afternoon crowd of 8,594.

Renown is trained by Elizabeth Voss, whose late father, Tommy Voss, won the 2008 Sycamore with Always First (GB). The Vosses are the first father-daughter combination to win the same stakes at Keeneland.

Ridden by Angel Cruz, Renown covered the 1½ miles on a soft turf course in 2:35.37.

One Go All Go set the pace with Renown racing in midpack. Going into the far turn, Cruz moved Renown out four wide to make a run at the leaders and joined One Go All Go, Street Fashion and Bullards Alley at the front in the upper stretch.

Charging past the sixteenth pole, Renown struck the front with Bullards Alley to his immediate inside and Bigger Picture surging along the rail and just missing at the wire.

The victory was worth $60,000 to Renown, a 5-year-old gelded son of Champs Elysees (GB) out of the Quest for Fame (GB) mare Fame At Last. Renown has earned $217,391 with a record of 11-6-0-1.

Renown returned $20.80, $8.20 and $5.40. Bigger Picture, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $7.20 and $5 with Bullards Alley finishing a half-length back and returning $7.60 to show under Marcelino Pedroza Jr.

Street Fashion was another four lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by One Go All Go, Postulation, Up With the Birds, Generous Kitten, Behesht (FR), Fixador (BRZ), favored Greengrassofyoming and Wild About You.

Racing continues Friday with a 10-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET that is highlighted by the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the grass.


There were 61 perfect tickets in today’s Pick 6 at Keeneland, each paying $16,690. Consolation five of six tickets paid $98.70. The Pick 6 carryover going into today’s race card was $329,321. A total of $1,145,677 was wagered into today’s Pick 6 pool to be a record single-day Keeneland Fall Meet Pick 6 handle (previous record was $629,310 in the fall of 2003). It is the second-largest single-day Pick 6 handle in Keeneland history, falling just behind the record $1,366,063 wagered in April 2008.

Source: Keeneland Association


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