Grand Adventure, closing seven wide in the stretch, outfought Skipadate to the wire to win the $281,017 Summer Stakes (Can-III) (VIDEO) by a head on the Woodbine turf course Oct. 4, earning a spot in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf later this month.
In winning for the second time in as many starts, the 2-year-old Grand Adventure scored an 8-1 upset with Eurico Rosa Da Silva aboard. The Kentucky-bred Grand Slam colt is owned by Sam-Son Farms and trained by Mark Frostad.
Frostad said Grand Adventure would be pointed to the Breeders' Cup.
“He’s very good mind-wise and he’s been training very well," he said. "We got a couple of good works into him. He was happy to see the wire today, but he’ll get a lot out of this race today.”
Grand Adventure raced near the back of the pack for Da Silva as Win and Reign set the pace in the one-mile event. He was stalked by Star of David and Jess Not Jesse while cutting fractions of :23.50, :47.30 and 1:11.71.
The field stacked up coming off the sweeping far turn with Grand Adventure swinging wide into the lane. Grand Adventure made the lead mid-stretch and appeared to be headed to a clear victory before Skipadate, at the rail, responded to urging from Patrick Husbands to nearly draw even in the final strides. Da Silva dropped his whip in the final furlong as Grand Adventure managed to hold on in a time of 1:35.86.
“He was very relaxed where he was and when I asked him he gave me a big kick, just like he did in his first race,” Da Silva said.
Gulf Coast Farms bred the dark bay or brown colt, who is out of the Coronado's Quest mare Val Marie. Grand Adventure began his career Aug. 30 with a 3 1/4-length win over maiden special weights going seven furlongs on the turf. He earned $166,446 for the victory.
The winner paid $18.10, $7.10 and $5.40. Skipadate, who may be headed to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita Oct. 25 for trainer Mark Casse, returned $4.40 and $3.50 and was part of a $2 exacta worth $62.80. It was five lengths back to Star of David, $11.10 to show with James McAleney riding.
Utterly Cool, the 9-10 favorite in the field of eight, finished fourth after making a wide bid and flattening out in the long stretch drive. The filly Freyga was fifth followed by Win and Reign, Perfect Shower and Jess Not Jesse.