10/15/2008 11:00PM

Sycamore repeat good possibility


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transduction Laboratories is a company that John Glenney founded and eventually sold in his fabulously successful previous career as an entrepreneurial biochemist. For the last 12 years or so, Glenney has focused primarily on breeding, owning, and training Thoroughbreds, with only vague references to his past peeking through.

Transduction Gold, a 5-year-old gelding, embodies one of those hints. Named in part for the "arcane specialty," as Glenney terms it, of signal transduction - the manner in which molecules communicate with each other, of course - Transduction Gold has earned $381,673 while keeping elite company among North American turf marathoners.

"He's run against some Grade 1 and Grade 2 types quite a bit lately," said Glenney, partly accounting for why it has been more than a year since Transduction Gold won a race.

That last victory, coincidentally, came at Keeneland in the 2007 Sycamore Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile turf race that is being reprised Saturday as a supporting feature to the Raven Run. Transduction Gold upset the Grade 3 Sycamore last year at nearly 16-1 but won't be nearly as big a price Saturday. He comes off a decent third in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch at Santa Anita and a bang-up runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap.

"He liked those hard, fast California tracks," said Glenney, 57. "This course here at Keeneland has been the same way, as dry as it's been. It looks like we're in a little bit softer spot Saturday, so hopefully we can repeat."

Transduction Gold, with Jon Court in from California to ride, will break from post 4 in the $150,000 Sycamore. He is listed as the 7-2 second choice on the Keeneland morning line, while Silverfoot, with Robby Albarado aboard from the rail, has been pegged as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite in a field of 11 older horses.

Silverfoot, an earner of more than $900,000, finished fourth as the favorite in his last start, the Sept. 13 Kentucky Cup Turf. Trainer Dallas Stewart said the 8-year-old Silverfoot entered that race "training as well as he ever has" and exited the race no worse for wear.

The KC Turf was won by a 59-1 shot, Rumor Has It, a Chicago invader who drew the outside post in the Sycamore, which is run around three turns.

Other logical possibilities include My Happiness, Phil the Power, Elusive Fort, and Always First.