Connect Likely To Skip Breeders’ Cup, Point To Cigar Mile

by | 10.04.2016 | 3:24pm
Connect wins the 2016 Pennsylvania Derby over Gun Runner. Both horses came back to beat older runners in Grade 1 races last week.

The half-length winner of the Pennsylvania Derby over this season's top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, Connect is unlikely to ship to California for the Breeders' Cup Classic, reports

“Our first choice is probably to freshen the horse up for the Cigar Mile (Aqueduct, Nov. 26),” trainer Chad Brown said, though he added that additional choices include the Clark Handicap (Churchill Downs, Nov. 25) and the Dirt Mile. “Horse has had plenty of racing this summer, he's fit, and he'll benefit from a little freshening.”

Connect has won four of his five races this season; his only loss came against runaway Travers winner Arrogate, a race which the son of Curlin exited with a lung issue.

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