Nutello slight favorite for Sycamore Stakes

The Sports NetworkOctober 15, 2013 

Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - An evenly matched field of nine has been entered for Thursday's $100,000 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland.

Getting the nod as the 7-2 favorite for the turf event is Nutello. Trained by Graham Motion, the 4-year-old colt will start from post 8 with Mario Pino coming in to ride.

Nutello, owned by Wertheimer and Frere, was eighth to Little Mike in the Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Sept. 28. Six weeks earlier in his first start since coming from Europe he finished third in the Sword Dancer at Saratoga behind Big Blue Kitten.

The colt has earned $402,560 in 15 starts with five wins.

Motion will also send out Eagle Poise in the 1 1/2-mile race. The 7-year-old gelding is 12-1 in the program and will break from the inside post with Joe Rocco Jr. riding.

The 4-1 co-second picks are Rahystrada and Temeraine.

Rahystrada, third in last year's Sycamore, has drawn post 6 with Leandro Goncalves getting the mount.

Owned by Robert Courtney Jr., the 9-year-old notched his second straight, third overall, victory in the Arlington Handicap on July 13. He followed with an 11th-place finish in the Arlington Million on Aug. 17.

"When he won the Arlington Handicap for the third time this summer as a 9- year-old, that was probably the biggest highlight," trainer Byron Hughes said. "He's pretty special and still performing at a high level."

The chestnut gelding has earned $1,381,750 in 45 lifetime starts with 14 wins.

Temeraine will leave from post 3 with jockey David Flores riding for trainer Tom Proctor and Niall Racing.

The 4-year-old gelding won the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 14. He was second to Rahystrada in the Arlington Handicap and fifth in the Arlington Million. The gelding finished third in his lone previous start at Keeneland in an allowance race last year.

Temeraine has won five of 16 career starts and $436,493.

Here is the field for the Sycamore from the rail out: Eagle Poise, Joe Rocco Jr., 12-1; Reflecting, Robby Albarado, 5-1; Temeraine, David Flores, 4-1; Olympic Thunder, Alan Garcia, 8-1; Suntracer, Shaun Bridgmohan, 8-1; Rahystrada, Leandro Goncalves, 4-1; Najjaar, James Graham, 20-1; Nutello, Mario Pino, 7-2 and Tricky Hat, Rosie Napravnik, 5-1.

The Sycamore has a post-time of 4:49 p.m. (ET).

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