Canaveral Tries Lesser Company at Parx

Category : News - Wed 28/08/2013 - 16:03 EDT

The last time UK-bred Canaveral stepped onto a racetrack in the States, he was a well-beaten long shot in Keeneland’s 1 ½ miles Sycamore Stakes, a race in which the winner, Kindergarden Kid, would next be taking on the best turf runners in the world in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf. That was last October, and this Saturday in the Race 8 $50,000 AOC feature event at Parx Racing, he’ll face much lesser competition and will likely go off as one of the post time favorites.

Lightly raced gelding making his 2013 debut

A five-year-old Cape Cross gelding with only six starts to his credit, Canaveral was showing promise late in his three-year-old season, getting back-to-back wins in 1 1/8 miles races at Bath. He was scratched his next time out, however, before being sold and shipped stateside into the care of trainer Janet Elliot. Breaking well in the Sycamore to be forward-placed, he simply couldn’t keep up his bid and gave way with a quarter-mile to run. The cutback in distance could play a big part in whether he’s there at the end.

Sondheim making first try away from home

One he’ll be taking on is Sondheim, a Virginia-bred Theatrical gelding, who broke his maiden first time out by seven lengths in mid-June, and who will be looking for his third win in four lifetime starts, with all his racing having taken place at Colonial Downs in his home state. Also in the field with a shot will be the John Servis-trained entry of Neshaminy and Dancing Lounge, the former of which recently won at the $47,000 allowance level and will be expected to want the lead out of the inside post position.

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