Updated on 09/15/2011 1:11PM

Siphonic, 'Sunshine' impressive

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Suzie Picou-Oldham
Siphonic hits the wire six lengths clear after leading 10 other 2-year-olds gate-to-wire in Saturday's Grade 2 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Siphonic led every step of the way Saturday for a highly impressive victory in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, emerging as a top contender for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

With Chris McCarron aboard, Siphonic drew off to win the Grade 2, $454,400 Breeders' Futurity by six lengths over Harlan's Holiday. Metatron finished third, another two lengths back in a field of 11 2-year-olds, while Kamsack, the 3-2 favorite, was never a threat, finishing seventh.

Siphonic paid $9.20 as second choice and ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.79 over a fast track.

Owner John Amerman and trainer David Hofmans were confident in Siphonic entering the race, "but this was even better than I expected," said Amerman.

Hofmans said he was not bothered by the facts that Siphonic was making only his second career start and his first at a distance.

"He'd acted like a colt who could do this," Hofmans said.

Attendance on a sunny but cool afternoon was 18,373.

In earlier action Saturday:

* Bet on Sunshine, seemingly beaten at the quarter pole, swept past Robin de Nest in the final furlong for a 1 3/4-length triumph in the Grade 3, $268,500 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes, earning a third trip to the BC Sprint.

Trained by Paul J. McGee and ridden by Calvin Borel, Bet on Sunshine paid $4.60 as second choice in a field of five. A 9-year-old gelding making his 41st career start, Bet on Sunshine finished six furlongs in 1:09.65 for his 21st victory and 14th in a stakes.

As Bet on Sunshine lagged nearly 10 lengths back, Snow Ridge, the 6-5 favorite, dueled with Erlton through fractions of 21.13 seconds and 44.16.

Turning for home, Robin de Nest surged past them both and opened up, but Bet on Sunshine was full of run on the outside. Erlton finished another 4 1/2 lengths back in third, followed by Crucible and Snow Ridge.

"He was awesome, I mean awesome," said Borel. "I love this horse."

Bet on Sunshine finished third in his two previous attempts in the BC Sprint, in 1997 and 2000. He is owned by David Holloway, who celebrated a happy 71st birthday Saturday.

In an all-time track record of five tries in the Phoenix, Bet on Sunshine has won twice, with one second and two thirds.

* Confessional ($2.80) easily wonthe $83,100 A.P. Indy Stakes for her 12th win in 23 starts. Confessional, a 5-year-old mare bred and owned by Pin Oak Stables and ridden by Ramon Dominguez, had little trouble, finishing 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Thunder Sands in the 5 1/2-furlong turf race. Graham Motion trains Confessional.