TRIFOR GOLD LOOKS TO DOUBLE UP IN FIND
Trifor Gold was the narrowest sort of winner in last month’s Sussex Stakes on the grass at Delaware Park. Saturday, he’ll try to make it two straight in the $75,000 Find Stakes at Pimlico for Maryland-bred or -sired runners.
Trifor Gold surged to the lead in mid-stretch and then had just enough to hold off Cannon’s Roar by a nose in the Sussex. It was the five-year-old Tritap gelding’s first win in three turf tries and first stakes win.
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The Mark Shuman trainee now has four wins, and more than $184,000 in earnings, from 27 career starts. Angel Suarez has the return mount on a horse who’s 4-1 on the morning line.
The morning line favorite is Cannon’s Roar, who’s 5-2. The 7-year-old gelding owns six wins, 10 seconds and seven thirds from 31 lifetime starts and has been even better on turf, going 5-5-5 from 17 tries.
Runner-up by a length in the 2020 Maryland Million Turf last fall, Cannon’s Roar exits a third-place finish in the West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker’s Cup Aug. 7 at Mountaineer Park. The Find would be the first local race since last year’s Million for the son of Orientate, claimed for $16,000 in August 2018.
“He can run right out of his stall this time, so that should be a big plus,” Capuano said. “Cannon’s Roar is just a gem of consistency. He shows up every time. He’s been a terrific horse for us since we got him. I couldn’t be happier with him.”
Sheldon Russell has the mount for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile turf test. If the race remains on turf, Cannon’s Roar is slated to leave from the eight-hole, widest of all.
Other notables in the field include Alwaysmining (10-1), an earner of more than $600,000 but nearly all of that on the main track, and two-time Maryland Million Turf runner-up Somekindofmagician (8-1), a winner of two straight.