Wolfe Racing and Hugh Robertson’s Two Emmys, winner of the Mr. D. Stakes (G1) at Arlington International Race Course in his most recent start, headlines a field of 12 runners entered for the 27th running of the $150,000 Sycamore Stakes (G3) going 1 ½-miles on the grass at Keeneland on Oct. 22.
Two Emmys has been a model of consistency in his past four starts that began with a runner-up finish in the Muniz Memorial Classic (G2) at Fair Grounds in March. Following a short layoff, the gelded son of English Channel returned at Arlington with a pair of runner-up finishes in an allowance/optional claiming test and in the Arlington Stakes (G3) before breaking through to take the Aug. 14 Mr. D. Stakes by a neck over multiple Grade 1 winner Domestic Spending (GB).
“This is a nice little horse. He just doesn’t get any respect,” Robertson deadpanned after the Mr. D.
Trainer Mac Robertson, son of Hugh Robertson, expects another good effort from Two Emmys when the 5-year-old goes to the post.
“He loves it here at Keeneland,” Robertson said. “There are not many friendlier places than Keeneland for horses. There is a lot of grass, so he can graze. He likes to run on it, and he likes to eat it.”
Purchased for just $4,500 by Robertson and Wolfe Racing out of the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Two Emmys ran sixth in his debut at Hawthorne in October 2018 before breaking his maiden over the all-weather track at Arlington in July 2019. He has won four of 16 starts and earned $545,708. Three of those victories have been on turf, where he has banked $525,140 primarily from his score in the $600,000 Mr. D.
The elder Robertson was the trainer of record for the Mr. D. score. Two Emmys rotates between Mac Robertson’s barn and his father’s division throughout the year.
“That is how we have done it for 20 years,” Mac Robertson said. “When I am at Keeneland, the horses race in my name. In the winter they are in his name at Fair Grounds and my name at Oaklawn Park.”
Two Emmys is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the Sycamore. He will be ridden by James Graham, who was aboard in the Mr. D.