Converge Tops Field of Nine for Opening-Day Transylvania
Paul Pompa Jr.’s Converge, winner of the Palm Beach (G3) in his most recent start on Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park, heads a field of nine 3-year-olds entered Monday for Friday’s 28th running of the $100,000 Transylvania Presented by Keeneland Select (G3).
The Transylvania headlines the 10-race opening-day card of Keeneland’s 16-day Spring Meet that runs through April 29. Scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the turf, the Transylvania will go as the ninth race Friday with a 5:30 p.m. ET post time. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m.
Trained by Chad Brown, who saddled Pompa’s Night Prowler to win last year’s renewal of the Transylvania, Converge won his career debut at first asking on the turf at Belmont Park in September against New York-breds and completed his 2015 campaign with a runner-up finish in the Awad Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 30.
Javier Castellano, who rode last year’s winner, will have the mount on Converge, a son of Sidney’s Candy, and break from post position seven.
Brown has one other entrant in the race: Woodford Racing’s Catapult.
Catapult, who is 1-for-1 in his career with a grass victory at Belmont in October, makes his 2016 debut under Julien Leparoux. Catapult will break from post position eight.
The field for the Transylvania, from the rail out with rider and weight, is: Inspector Lynley (Florent Geroux, 118 pounds), Shakhimat (Emma-Jayne Wilson, 118), Prime Time Man (John Velazquez, 118), Urban Bourbon (Joe Bravo, 118), J R’s Holiday (Emisael Jaramillo, 123), Sorryaboutnothing (Corey Lanerie, 118), Converge (Castellano, 123), Catapult (Leparoux, 120) and One Mean Man (Francisco Torres, 118).