Three Diamonds Farm's Bigger Picture is still going strong at eight years of age, as the gelding demonstrated with a win in Saturday's G2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland. The Mike Maker-trained son of Badge of Silver, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, had no room to run heading into the far turn but got clear in the stretch and finished strong to win by a half-length over Red Knight. Off at 7-1 odds, Bigger Picture ran 1 1/2 miles over the yielding turf course in 2:32.00. The 6-5 favorite Zulu Alpha finished third, beaten a length for everything.
The victory was the third in the race for Maker, who won with Dark Cove in 2013 and Da Big Hoss in 2016.
Final Copy led the field of 10 through fractions of :24.45, :50.31, 1:16.36 and 1:41.85 as Bigger Picture saved ground while running in midpack. On the far turn, Red Knight, Zulu Alpha and Tiz a Slam moved at the leader as Bigger Picture waited behind horses.
In the stretch, Final Copy dropped out of contention as did Tiz a Slam, leaving a two-way duel until just inside the sixteenth pole, when Bigger Picture emerged on the scene to draw clear in the final yards.
Bigger Picture returned $16.60, $7.60 and $4. Red Knight, ridden by Luis Saez, returned $6.60 and $4.20, with Zulu Alpha finishing another half-length back in third under Jose Ortiz and paying $2.40 to show.
It was another half-length back to Tiz a Slam, who was followed in order by Vettori Kin (BRZ), Canessar (FR), Hunter O'Riley, Final Copy, Leitone (CHI) and Soglio.
“The horse broke good,” said Gaffalione. “He put himself in a nice position. We saved ground around both turns. I just followed Jose (Ortiz on Zulu Alpha) when he made his move, and (Bigger Picture) grinded it out. All the credit goes to (trainer) Mike (Maker) and his team; they do a fabulous job.”
Bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Bigger Picture has now won 13 of his 40 career starts and earned over $1.6 million. The biggest win of his career came in the G1 United Nations Stakes in 2017, and the gelding has won a total of six graded stakes.
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