Grade I glory up for grabs in Maker’s 46 Mile

The Grade I, $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile is set for Friday at Keeneland. The one-mile turf classic lured an accomplished field of eight. Post time for the Maker’s 46 Mile, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

#4 DELTA PRINCE (7-2) is training lights-out for his first start since fading to third on a yielding Gulfstream turf course in the Pegasus Turf behind next-out winner Bricks and Mortar. He made an early move under Frankie Dettori in that 1 3/16th-mile heat before dropping back late. Javier Castellano takes over on the cutback. Before running a disappointing fourth in the Woodbine Mile, DELTA PRINCE won the Grade II King Edward and placed in the Grade I Fourstardave, both at today’s distance. His career record in turf miles is 7-4-2-0.

#5 QURBAAN (4-1) hit the board in all four starts since shipping from France in September, but his only win came in the Bernard Baruch with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard. Ortiz Jr. finally climbs back on here. QURBAAN’s speed figures are competitive, and he was third in his lone start at Keeneland (the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile) with a wide trip last October.

#7 CLYDE’S IMAGE (30-1) is a lightly-raced five-year-old with arguably the most upside in the field. His third start since an extended layoff was perhaps the best of his career, as he closed from several lengths back to take a high-level allowance at Gulfstream in February. He’s training exceptionally for this and retains Albin Jimenez.

#1 RAGING BULL (3-1, morning-line favorite) looks like a poor bet if he’s bet down as hard as expected. He won five times as three-year-old, including a score in the Hollywood Derby last time out. But a pair of inexplicable losses at odds-on in the Manila and Hill Prince last year makes him somewhat unreliable. The Maker’s 46 Mile will be RAGING BULL’s first start against older horses in a Grade I off a five-month layoff. This is a very difficult spot for the Chad Brown trainee. Joel Rosario has the call.

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