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American Pharoah Colts Set to Face Off in Franklin-Simpson

Author: Don Mckee
Published: Wednesday September 16, 2020
The $500,000 Franklin-Simpson Stakes (G3T) at Kentucky Downs will see three sophomore colts sired by American Pharoah go up against each other. The Sept. 16 event will take place on the closing day card. 

Those three colts are Paul Pompa Jr.'s Quick Call Stakes (G3T) winner Turned Aside; Richard Ravin's Mave, who is a Group 3 winner; and Leonard and Jonathan Green's Another Miracle, a multiple stakes winner. All three runners are sons of the 2015 Triple Crown champion. 

The Franklin-Simpson is a six 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-olds. 

The Three Colts

Trained by Linda Rice, Turned Aside will break from the rail under jockey Jose Ortiz. The homebred will stretch out another eighth-mile following his victory in the 5 1/2 furlong Quick Call on Jul. 24 at Saratoga Race Course. In that outing, he stalked the pace and managed one 3/4-length victory. 

On Sept. 8, the colt breezed a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 on the Belmont Park training track.

Maven will break from post three under Irad Ortiz, Jr. Trained by Wesley Ward, the colt traveled to Europe at age two and scored the Connolly's Red Mills Prix de Bois (G3) at Chantilly. Following that victory, he finished 10th in another group 3 event in England and returned a year later to take a Jul. 8 allowance race over good turf at Keeneland.

In his most recent performance, Maven finished sixth in the Mahony Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 26. In that race, he was bumped at the start and couldn't recover late. On Sept. 6, the chestnut breezed a half-mile in 48.70 over Saratoga's Oklahoma training turf.

Turned Aside and Maven is listed at 3-1 and 5-1, respectively, on the morning line. Another Miracle is coming in at 15-1. 

Another Miracle is trained by Joseph Orseno, and he will break from post ten under Gerardo Corrales. The colt came to Orseno after the retirement of previous trainer Gary Contessa. 

During his 2-year-old season, the colt took the Skidmore Stakes at Saratoga and finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2T). He was bumped at the start in the Texas Glitter Stakes Mar. Twenty-one at Gulfstream Park and finished seventh, which was his seasonal debut and first start for Orseno.

"It was just a throwout race," Orseno said. "I told Jon (Green), 'I think I just need to regroup with this horse and get to know him.' We dropped back and gelded the horse, which he needed tremendously."

On Jul. 12, Another Miracle returned to win the My Frenchman Stakes over good turf at Monmouth Park.

The colt worked three furlongs in 38.77 on Gulfstream's dirt on Sept. 6. 

"He's a different horse. He's very happy now," Orseno said. "Listen, he was third in the Breeders' Cup last year, so he doesn't have to get too much better to have a good campaign. I'm expecting a big race from him. He loves where he's at Kentucky Downs. He's a horse who is really thriving."

Other Entrants

The Franklin-Simpson has twelve horses entered along with four also-eligibles. The rest of the field is set to include: Guildsman, Tom Ridge Stakes winner and multiple groups laced; Old Chestnut, stakes winner over Woodbine's turf and second-place finisher in the Quick Call; Embolden, juvenile stakes winner; and Fore Left, group 3 winner at Meydan and third-place finisher in the Quick Call. 

The 5-2 morning-line favorite, Kimari, was cross-entered, and her connections opted for the Sept. 15 Music City Stakes at Kentucky Downs against fillies.