Sam-Son Farms’ homebred Eye of the Leopard came five-wide into the lane and ran down Southdale in the final strides to win the $152,000 Plate Trial Stakes by a neck May 31 at Woodbine.
The lightly-raced 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy—Eye of Sphynx, by Smart Strike was making just his third career start and stakes debut for trainer Mark Frostad. But the bay colt was still able to score in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack contest, an important prep for the $1 million Queen’s Plate next month.
Under the handling of Eurico Da Silva, Eye of the Leopard rated through the backstretch while Costalivin took the field of 10 through a half-mile in :49.66. He was swung wide for the stretch drive and was all out to get by Southdale and Emma-Jayne Wilson at the wire. Rapid Release was two lengths further back in third.
The final time was 1:51.80.
Eye of the Leopard began his racing career just a month and a half ago when finishing eighth in his debut at Keeneland. He broke his maiden May 10 at Woodbine by 2 3/4 lengths.
The winner paid $13.10, $6.20, and $4.50. The exacta (10-5) returned $46.10 and the trifecta (10-5-2) with 30-1 Rapid Release was $746.20. El Brujo, the 8-5 favorite, finished ninth in the field of Canadian-bred sophomores.