Gulfstream Park’s 1 3/8 mile turf record holder Twilight Eclipse , will lead a top-flight group of 7 older turfers into Sunday’s $500,000, GI Sword Dancer Invitational Hcp, for 3yo and up turfers, at 1 1/2 mile around the Saratoga inner turf track!
Twilight Eclipse, is a multi – graded winner and currently holds the record at 1 3/8’s mile over the Gulfstream turf this past winter came a very tight 2nd in the GI United Nations Stakes at Monmouth last time out missing by a neck. Loves this distance and was 2nd here last year. Breaks from the outside post here so all the early action will be to his inside. Closer type here.
Main Sequence, was the up in time winner of that same GI United Nations Stakes at Monmouth last time in his first ever US start. He was a decent enough euro runner with board hits in several Group 3 efforts over in jolly old England before shipping over. This distance is right in his wheelhouse as he looks to be your typical euro grass runner who comes with a big late kick!
Imagining, winner of the GI Man o’ War 2 back then seemed to have nothing left in the stretch of the GI Manhattan last time coming 6th behind Real Solution (in the GI Arlington Million) Kaigun and Seek Again both big time stakes winners since. Can go early or rate but has no board hits at this distance!
War Dancer, is the 2013 GII Virginia Derby winner with a win in the GIII Louisville Hcp. back on May 24th is another multiple graded winner in this group. Last time out however, he ran a flat effort in the GIII Arlington Hcp starting 3rd and finishing 3rd! Loves the distance, but seems to do his best running stalking an early pace of late!
Amira’s Prince, who in early 2013 looked to be a real up and comer before an injury sidelined him. He reentered the turfing scene this winter with 2 stalking but flat efforts at G/P and the F/G in graded turf tests. Stalked the pace again last time in the GI Man o’War but to only a 6th finish, 9 lengths off that winner in another tired looking effort. His had some success at this distance but needs to find that early 2013 form to vie again. Stalker type here!
Perfect Timber, has had a number of near miss graded turf efforts up at Woodbine over his career and could be a factor here if the early pace isn’t too quick! Loves this distance too and is more of a closer type when on his game!
O’Prado Ole , was a 1/2 length, 2nd in the GIII Stars and Stripes at Arlington last out in his best effort yet. Son of English Channel out of an El Prado mare says L/D turfing is in his blood and with H.O.F connections of Johny V. up and Dale Romans training he could be finally ready to surprise here! He too has been stalking an early pace of late but to only modest success!
Post Time for Race #10 – 6:04 pm EDT
|1||O’Prado Ole (KY)||4/C||L||J R Velazquez||116||D L Romans||15/1|
|2||Perfect Timber (ON)||5/H||L||J Castellano||116||R L Attfield||12/1|
|3||Amira’s Prince (IRE)||5/H||L||J Alvarado||120||W I Mott||6/1|
|4||Main Sequence (KY)||5/G||L||R Maragh||123||H G Motion||2/1|
|5||Imagining (KY)||6/H||L||J Rosario||123||C R McGaughey III||7/2|
|6||War Dancer (KY)||4/C||L||A Garcia||118||K G McPeek||8/1|
|7||Twilight Eclipse (KY)||5/G||L||J Lezcano||120||T Albertrani||5/2|
Picks are – 4,5,6,7 exacta box, with 3 at the back-end of super!