Updated on 09/17/2011 9:54AM

Candid Glen seeks threepeat


Candid Glen, who has won the past two runnings of the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf in photo finishes, will break from the rail Saturday night when the 1 1/8-mile race is run for the ninth time at Sam Houston Race Park.

Candid Glen faces 11 rivals, including 118-pound starting highweight Green Fee, in his bid to become the first horse to win the Connally three times.

The Connally is the richest race of the meet at Sam Houston (outside of the stakes that made up the inaugural Great State Challenge in December). It will be supported by four undercard stakes - the $50,000 Turf Sprint, which drew 2001 winner Testify; the $50,000 Jersey Lilly, topped by Distant Valley, winner of the Grade 3 Regret; and two divisions of the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds, one of which drew Call Me Lefty, runner-up in the Grade 3 Lecomte.

Candid Glen, drew the rail on Wednesday, which satisfied his connections.

"It's a good spot for him," said Andrew Leggio Jr., who trains the horse for Glen Warren. "He can save a little ground on both of those turns, and make his run when he turns for home."

Candid Glen, a winner of $671,330, has a particular liking for the Sam Houston turf, over which he is undefeated, because it is lusher and more kind to him than some of the other courses he races on, Leggio said.

E.J. Perrodin will ride.

Larry Melancon will ride Green Fee, winner of the Grade 2 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont last October. After that race, Green Fee finished fifth in

the Breeders' Cup Mile, beaten 3 1/4 lengths at 45-1. Green Fee will ship to Houston on Friday from his Fair Grounds base, according to trainer Dan Peitz.

The complete Connally field from the rail out with riders: Candid Glen; Green Fee; Even the Score, Calvin Borel; Freefourinternet, Shane Sellers; No Net Needed, Felipe Valdez; Skate Away, Eddie Martin Jr.; Runaway Choice, Corey Lanerie; Rasby, Bobby Walker Jr.; Red Mountain, Robby Albarado; Maysville Slew, Cliff Berry; Time to Dyne, Terry Stanton; and Dynameaux, Roman Chapa.

The Connally will be run a week earlier than usual this year in order to avoid a conflict with the opening of the immensely popular Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.