Da Big Hoss holds big edge in Kentucky Turf Cup

The 1 1/2 mile Kentucky Turf Cup, a Grade III event worth $600,000, is the feature race at Kentucky Downs this Saturday. Nine turfers will line up for the ninth race on the program at approximately 6:39 p.m. EST. Several high-profile riders will be at Kentucky Downs on Saturday, so there will be plenty on the line in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game. Give it a try if you haven’t already.

The Kentucky Turf Cup once again goes through #7 DA BIG HOSS (7-5, morning-line favorite), who scored in this race last year for trainer Mike Maker. Florent Geroux has the mount, and he has gotten off to a strong start at the meet (three wins and three places in 19 starts). DA BIG HOSS is currently riding a three-race winning streak, including graded stakes victories in the American St. Leger at Arlington and the Elkhorn at Keeneland. In fact, DA BIG HOSS has not lost a start outside of Gulfstream Park since last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf. He is clearly dangerous over this course at this distance, so I won’t be picking against him.

Regarding the other contenders, #3 SEVE’S ROAD (6-1) looks like he can get a good share of the purse. He has never won a stakes race but has finished third in two separate stakes attempts (only one was on turf, last year’s Singletary Stakes at Santa Anita). He won his last start at 1 3/8 miles on turf, so it’s logical to assume he can handle this 1 1/2 mile distance. Flavien Prat, one of the better turf riders on the west coast, flies in to ride this Phil D’Amato trainee.

#9 GREENGRASSOFYOMING (7-2), a stablemate of DA BIG HOSS, also has a good shot at hitting the board. He pulled off a stunning upset over The Pizza Man in the Grade III Stars and Stripes at Arlington in July, then ran a creditable fourth in the Grade I Arlington Million. If he can replicate his Stars and Stripes effort (which was run at this exact distance) he will be a threat in the stretch. Julien Leparoux, now fully recovered from an injury suffered at Saratoga, has the call.

The play: $5 trifecta 7/3,9/3,9 ($10)

DFJ analysis: Florent Geroux ($10,500) has a mount in all 10 races at Kentucky Downs on Saturday, and all of them are below 10-1 in odds. Four of them are favorites, including DA BIG HOSS in the Kentucky Turf Cup. Flavien Prat ($9,500) also seems like a good pickup; he has several live mounts for west coast trainer Neil Drysdale lined up, including SEVE’S ROAD in this race as well as Miss Double D’Oro (3-1) in the Ladies Sprint Stakes.

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