Live Oak Plantation's Revved Up kicked into gear approaching the stretch and stormed past his rivals to win the $282,778 Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap (Can-II) by 1 3/4 lengths on the Woodbine lawn Monday.
Under jockey Brice Blanc, the 7-year-old gelding by Sultry Song launched his bid while three wide at the head of the lane to defeat fellow closer Strut the Stage. A Bit O'Gold, the 9-10 favorite in the field of nine, finished up third, 3 1/2 lengths behind the winner. The final time for the 1 1/2-mile turf event was 2:27 on firm going.
Christophe Clement trains the Florida homebred who won the Star and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park July 3.
Out of the With Approval mare Win Approval, Revved Up has 11 wins in 25 starts and earnings of $800,074.
The second choice, Revved Up paid $7.30, $5.50, and $3.10. Strut the Stage returned $17.40 and $6.30. A Bit O'Gold was $2.20 to show.
Demeteor finished fourth, followed by Last Answer, Colorful Judgement, Burst of Fire, Bourgainville, and Provincetown -- who faded on the turn after forcing his way to the front after a half-mile while under severe restraint from jockey Gary Stevens.