Pink Lloyd Makes Fourth Kennedy Road Start
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The venerable Pink Lloyd will make the final start of his season in the $175,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (G2) at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday, November 21. The popular gelding was second in the race in 2016 before winning the 2017 and 2019 editions. Watch the Kennedy Road Stakes live with TVG.
The venerable campaigner is seeking to win for the 27th time, and is unbeaten in four tries on the year. He went six for six in 2019, and is already a three-time Sovereign Award-winning Champion Sprinter. Robert Tiller trains the son of Old Forester, who will have Rafael Hernandez on board again. Pink Lloyd figures to sit back and make his big run in the lane.
Six rivals have lined up against him. Ride a Comet is listed at 5-2 on the morning line. The son of Candy Ride made his first start in over two years in a seven-furlong allowance here on October 16, which he won by two lengths. Mark Casse trains the bay horse, who is out of Grade 1 winner Appealing Zophie. Patrick Husbands will ride; this runner was the winner of the Del Mar Derby (G2) in 2018 before he went to the sidelines.
Silent Poet is coming off a Grade 2 win on the grass in the Nearctic Stakes here October 18. The son of Silent Name has won two in a row and four of five this year, including the Connaught Cup in July. Nick Gonzalez trains, and Justin Stein will be up. If he defeats Pink Lloyd here, Silent Poet could be crowned Sprinter of the Year for 2020, but the turf specialist has only one win in four tries on the main track.
Dixie’s Gamble is a 15-1 shot for trainer Josie Carroll. He has won five of 11 on this track, and was fourth in this race behind Pink Lloyd last year. He was then off for 11 months, returning in the Overskate on the grass here October 31. He ran fifth, beaten 3 ½ lengths, but clearly needed that start. Luis Contreras will ride the Ivan Dalos runner.
Souper Stonehenge breaks from the rail. The son of Speightstown was an allowance winner going 5 ½ furlongs here October 4; this race is six. He loses Hernandez to Pink Lloyd but picks up Emma Jayne Wilson. This is trainer Casse’s second entrant, who has been first or second in four of five on the course.
Eskiminzin, who has two wins on the year, and Roaring Forties, who will make his fourth start of the season, complete the lineup.
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