Breeders’ Cup Winner Oscar Performance Heads Field of Nine for Opening-Day Transylvania Presented by Keeneland Select
Keeneland Barn Notes
Amerman Racing Stables’ Oscar Performance, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Santa Anita in his most recent start, heads a field of nine 3-year-olds entered Monday for Friday’s 29th running of the $150,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select.
The 1 1/16-mile turf test is the first of 16 stakes during Keeneland’s 15-day Spring Meet that runs through April 28 and serves as the opening-day feature. The Transylvania will go as the ninth race on the 10-race program with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time daily is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Brian Lynch, Oscar Performance has won three of four career starts for a resume that also includes a victory in the Pilgrim (G3) at Belmont Park in October. Jose Ortiz will have the mount and break from post position four.
Two horses that chased Oscar Performance in the Breeders’ Cup will try again: fourth-place finisher Ticonderoga and fifth-place finisher Big Score.
Woodford Racing’s Ticonderoga, second in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) here last fall, won the Palm Beach (G3) at Gulfstream Park on March 4 in his 2017 debut. Trained by Chad Brown, who won the 2015 Transylvania with Night Prowler, Ticonderoga will break from post position five and be ridden by Joel Rosario.
George Krikorian’s Big Score, trained by Tim Yakteen, has not raced since the Breeders’ Cup. A winner of two of four career starts, including a triumph in the Zuma Beach at Santa Anita in October, Big Score will break from post position three and be ridden by Javier Castellano.
The field for the Transylvania, from the rail out, is: Profiteer (John Velazquez, 120 pounds), Makarios (Nik Juarez, 118), Big Score (Castellano, 123), Oscar Performance (Ortiz, 123), Ticonderoga (Rosario, 120), Sonic Boom (Julien Leparoux, 120), Dahog (Arienne Cox, 123), Cowboy Culture (Florent Geroux, 118) and Holiday Stone (Luis Saez, 118).