Wilgerbosdrift’s Flower Alley and Moutonshoek’s Marchfield will both be represented by runners in Friday’s G2 Marathon Stakes at Keeneland.
The 2800 metre contest will be run for a grand purse of $200 000 and has attracted a field of 14 runners.
Flower Alley will be represented by one of the leading contenders in the form of his son Neck ‘N Neck. Trained by Ian Wilkes, the six-year-old entire has won or placed in 11 stakes races and earned just a shade under $1 million in stakes. Neck ‘N Neck, who is out of the Storm Boot mare Bootery, scored a notable win earlier this year when he won the G3 Greenwood Cup by half a length over former G1 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Majestic Harbor. His previous Graded wins include the G2 Indiana Derby, G3 Ack Ack Hcp, and Matt Winn Stakes. Neck ‘N Neck also finished in front of leading Breeders Cup Classic hope Honor Code when third in the G3 Alysheba Stakes this year.
A P Indy’s champion son Marchfield, whose first South African foals were born earlier this year, has made a pleasing start with his first Canadian runners including no fewer than 19 individual winners. His first crop includes the classic placed Field Of Courage and the stakes placed Bear At Last.
Canada’s dual Champion Older Male will be represented by his very lightly raced son Canadian Gold here, and this colt looks open to improvement.
MARATHON S.-GII, $200,000, 3yo/up, 1 3/4m
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER WT
1 For Greater Glory K Afleet Alex Rocco, Jr. Hobby 122
2 Lideris K Mizzen Mast Velazquez O’Neill 122
3 Northeast Bound Dehere Albarado Romans 122
4 Neck ‘n Neck Flower Alley Lopez Wilkes 124
5 Chairman Garey K Unbridled’s Song Borel Davidovich 122
6 Canadian Gold Marchfield Hill Harrigan 118
7 Looks to Spare Pollard’s Vision Mena Umarov 122
8 Lynx K Curlin Leparoux Wolfson 122
9 Majestic Harbor K Rockport Harbor Lanerie McGee 122
10 Fast Away K Colonel John Feliciano Richard 118
11 Desvelo (Arg) Sunray Spirit Serpa Rubley 122
12 Dynabeaver Grindstone Santana, Jr. Lukas 118
13 Bailoutbobby K Mizzen Mast Rosario O’Neill 122
14 Zambian Dream (Chi) Morning Raider (Ire) Castellano Pletcher 122