Bold Act Leads Godolphin’s One-Two Punch in Elkhorn

Bold Act Leads Godolphin’s One-Two Punch in Elkhorn

Godolphin’s Bold Act , who traveled from overseas to win last fall’s Sycamore Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland with a late rally, returns to the Lexington oval in search of more graded stakes riches in the April 20 Elkhorn Stakes (G2T).

One of two runners entered for Godolphin and British trainer Charlie Appleby—the other being Silver Knott —Bold Act is the likely favorite in the $350,000 Elkhorn, which like the Sycamore, is at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

While the Elkhorn marks the first start of the year for Silver Knott—who placed in four stakes last year in the United States, including in his final 2023 start when third in the Dec. 2 Hollywood Derby (G1T) at Del Mar—Bold Act has the advantage of a start in 2024. Racing for the first time since the Elkhorn at Meydan in the March 2 Dubai City of Gold (G2T), the 4-year-old gelded son of New Approach  overpowered the opposition to score by two lengths under jockey Mickael Barzalona.

“The pace was nice and regular, and Bold Act got to the front very easily,” Barzalona said of the Godolphin homebred. “He did the minimum once in front, but it was an easy enough win for him.”

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International star jockey Frankie Dettori, who extended his riding career through 2024 with plans to ride in America, picks up the mount in the Elkhorn. Dettori has a long association with Godolphin.

Silver Knott, twice a group 3 winner in England at age 2 in 2022, also has experience at Keeneland. He was second, beaten a nose, in the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) there that fall. He was winless in six starts last year, with all but one of those races coming in the United States.

Besides the Hollywood Derby, he also hit the board in the Twilight Derby (G2T) at Santa Anita Park, the Secretariat Stakes (G2T) at Colonial Downs and the Pennine Ridge Stakes (G2T) at Belmont Park. None of those races were longer than 1 1/4 miles. Flavien Prat rides the gelded son of Lope de Vega .

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Entries: VisitLEX Elkhorn S. (G2T)

Keeneland, Saturday, April 20, 2024, Race 8

  • Grade IIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $350,000
  • 4 yo’s & up
  • 4:44 PM (local)

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