Lawn Ranger Hoping to Mow Down Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Foes
Lawn Ranger Hoping to Mow Down Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Foes: Six days separated the Breeders’ Cup day one and four horses from the Santa Anita winners’ circle. Friday, October 31, or better known as Halloween, has four Breeders’ Cup races and several more on the undercard. While the Distaff headlines Friday, the first of the four races is the Juvenile Turf. One young colt in particular will be seeking his third win in four starts. Lawn Ranger is a son of multiple graded/group one winner, U S Ranger, a son of Danzig.
Lawn Ranger himself has a lot more turf influence than his sire. Out a Dynaformer mare, Law Ranger is likely to get the distance needed, as races get longer. If he stays consistent through his three-year-old year, we could see him back in the Breeders’ Cup Turf next year.
Lawn Ranger started his career at Ellis Park, in a one mile maiden special weight. Finishing second to Danny Boy, another Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf pre-entry, Lawn Ranger was only off a month before coming back to break his maiden at Kentucky Downs in a one mile maiden special weight. Next, and last, out, Lawn Ranger skipped the allowance ranks and went to the Grade 3 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland. Sitting just off the leaders, Lawn Ranger took the lead in the straight, and held off familiar foe Danny Boy to hit the wire a half length in front.
Lawn Ranger is obviously a lover of the turf, but it would not be surprising if the connections wanted to try dirt early in his three-year-old season. He has the pedigree to go the classic distances, and may or may not take to the dirt, as some turf pedigrees have done.
Trained by Kenny McPeek, the colt has a good chance to at least hit the board, as many of McPeek’s horses have done. The colt seems to like distance and grass, but has some familiar foes to worry about in this race. Danny Boy will be returning in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, as well as Daddy D T and Woodbine wonder Conquest Typhoon. Other entries included the four European invaders Ernest Shackleton (IRE), Faithful Creek (IRE), Commemorative (GB), and Aktabantay (GB). Last year, European invader Outstrip, with Mike Smith aboard, came up to surprise the field. Lawn Ranger also has to look out for the ever improving Luck of the Kitten, raced and owned by the Ramsey’s, who have dominated the turf the past few years, after supporting their stallion Kitten’s Joy, who went to become the #1 sire on the 2013 General Sires list.
Lawn Ranger may not be as experienced as some of the others in the field, but he may of one of the best pedigrees for this race. The Danzig sire line over the Dynaformer sire line has proven to work, as it has with G1 winner Sunset Glow, another promising two-year-old of 2014. Look for the colt to sit of the speed’s flank and pounce on the turn, and take the field on a ride for the wire.
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