Field Commission found room at the top of the lane and took over approaching the sixteenth pole on his way to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $527,256 Nearctic Stakes (Can-IIT) Oct. 17 at Woodbine (VIDEO). The win earned the 4-year-old colt an automatic berth into the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Julien Leparoux rode the Field Commission to victory in a final time of 1:09.23 for six furlongs over the firm turf course. It was the second graded stakes triumph for the son of Service Stripe—Tearfull Moment, by Schossberg, who also won the Vigil Stakes (Can-III) in May over the Woodbine Polytrack. He is co-owned and trained by Daniel Vella.
Field Commission raced near the back of the pack in the Nearctic's early going while saving ground under Leparoux. Silver Z and Chamberlain Bridge were the leaders through fractions of :22.45 and :45.84. Chamberlain Bridge carried a short lead over favored Jungle Wave as they hit the top of the stretch.
But Field Commission, who had advanced on the leaders around the turn, found room through traffic when hitting the straightaway and struck the front approaching the sixteenth pole. He drew clear for the win.
Bogue Chitto edged out Jungle Wave by a head for second. Little Nick was a nose farther back in fourth.
Field Commission won for the second time in seven starts this season. He has now earned $746,931 from 18 lifetime starts. The chestnut colt was bred in Ontario by Minshall Farms. Edward Seltzer is his co-owner.
The winner paid $13.20, $8.70, and $4.70. The exacta (1-8) returned $273.50 with 21-1 Bogue Chitto.