Maker-Trained Millionaires Top Thursday’s Sycamore

Three Diamonds Farm’s Bigger Picture and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Oscar Nominated, earners of more than $1 million each, head a field of 13 entered Saturday for the 24th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) to be run Thursday for 3-year-olds and up going 1½ miles on the turf.

The Sycamore at Keeneland will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race program with a 4:57 p.m. ET post time. First post time Thursday is 1:05 p.m.

Trained by Mike Maker, both runners come out of last month’s Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs, where they finished second and fifth, respectively, behind fellow Sycamore runner Arklow.

Bigger Picture, who has compiled a record of 35-11-6-4 for earnings of $1,324,135, will be seeking his first Keeneland victory. Winner of the United Nations (G1) at Monmouth in 2017, Bigger Picture finished second in the Sycamore in 2016 and was third in the 2017 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) here. Tyler Gaffalione will have the mount and break from post position six.

A three-time Grade 3 winner and earner of $1,501,556 with a record of 28-8-6-2, Oscar Nominated was second in this spring’s Dixiana Elkhorn in his lone Keeneland start. He will be ridden Thursday by Jose Ortiz and break from post position four.

Arklow, who is using the Sycamore as a prep for the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) for trainer Brad Cox, brings a two-race win streak into the Sycamore. Owned by the partnership of Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway, Arklow won the Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup at Ellis Park in August.

A maiden winner in his lone Keeneland start, Arklow will be ridden by Florent Geroux and break from post position five.

The field for the Sycamore, with riders and weights from the inside, is: Some in Tieme (BRZ) (Manny Cruz, 121 pounds), Cooptado (ARG) (J.D. Acosta, 121), Campaign (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Oscar Nominated (Ortiz, 123), Arklow (Geroux, 123), Bigger Picture (Gaffalione, 123), Slickly Done (Richard Bracho, 121), Final Copy (John Velazquez, 121), Zulu Alpha (Channing Hill, 121), Nessy (Julien Leparoux, 123), Can’thelpbelieving (IRE) (Joe Bravo, 121), Teodoro (IRE) (Adam Beschizza, 123) and Harlan Strong (ARG) (Robby Albarado, 121).

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