Connect came back to form and showed good appetite for a fight as he fought back to beat Gun Runner in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx this evening.
A field of 12 lined-up for this nine furlong contest, featuring Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and Preakness hero Exaggerator.
At the break Nyquist and Gun Runner were away well but it was Awesome Slew who led on the inside, on the first turn.
Awesome Slew continued to set a good pace from Cupid, with Nyquist sat third and then Gun Runner.
Racing to the far turn, Awesome Slew still led as Nyquist began his move, but was ridden to close.
Into the straight, Nyquist came through with Connected on the inside, but Gun Runner swept through on the outside.
Connect fought back gamely to the inside though and the Char Brown runner, under a fine Javier Castellano ride, got up to win by ½ a length from Gun Runner, with the pair clear of Wild About Deb as Nyquist faded and Exaggerator failed to take a significant hand in the finish.
Connect had won three straight before finishing 22 lengths behind Arrogate in the Travers Stakes.