Kingman Colt Looks Tough in Pilgrim

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Public Sector (GB) | Sarah Andrew

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Klaravich Stables’ Public Sector (GB) (Kingman {GB}) will try to build off an impressive debut victory at Saratoga with a graded stakes success as a likely favorite in Saturday’s GII Pilgrim S. for juvenile males on the Belmont turf.

Bought for 170,000 guineas as a Tattersalls October yearling, the bay was unveiled as a 2-1 favorite Aug. 15 at the Spa and rallied from seventh to win going away by two lengths, clocking his final five-sixteenths in a sharp :28.80. He has drilled five times since then for Chad Brown, most recently going five furlongs around dogs on the local turf in 1:01 2/5 (3/11) Sept. 27.

The two most likely upsetters appear to be Larry and Jennifer Goichman’s Shawdyshawdyshawdy (Summer Front) and Mike Rutherford’s American Monarch (American Pharaoh). The former, a first-out victor Aug. 1 at Saratoga, shipped to Kentucky Downs for the Sept. 7 More Than Ready Juvenile S. and closed to be fourth, beaten just a length on the wire. The latter, another debut scorer in upstate New York Aug. 8, returns on just 13 days’ rest after running fourth in the GI Summer S. at Woodbine.

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