Grand Adventure Seeks Repeat in Connaught Cup
by Jack Shinar
Date Posted: 5/26/2011 8:47:39 PM
Last Updated: 5/28/2011 1:39:22 PM

Grand Adventure won the 2010 Connaught Cup.
Photo: Michael Burns

Grand Adventure returns to his home track at Woodbine for trainer Mark Frostad to defend his title in the $150,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the turf May 29.

The 5-year-old son of Grand Slam has raced once in 2011, finishing second in Keeneland's Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 5 1/2 furlongs on yielding ground April 16. The Sam-Son Farms-owned horse also ran second in last year's Shakertwon before recording a one-length win in the Connaught Cup. It was the first of consecutive victories on the Woodbine lawn for Grand Adventure, who captured the King Edward Stakes (Can-IIT) one month later.

Grand Adventure will look to snap a five-race losing streak in the seven-furlong Connaught Cup, which attracted a field of eight. It is race 8 on the Woodbine program with a 4:27 p.m. EDT probable starting time.

All five of Grand Adventure's lifetime wins--and 10 of his 16 starts--have come on the Woodbine turf. Regular pilot Patrick Husbands regains the mount on Grand Adventure, who carries co-high weight of 122 pounds and will break from post 6.

Also in at 122 is Signature Red, winner of Woodbine's Highlander Stakes (Can-IIIT) last July for trainer Sid Attard and Norseman Racing Stable. The 5-year-old son of Bernstein has lost seven straight since. Jesse Campbell takes over on Signature Red, who comes off a third-place finish in the Vigil Stakes (Can-III) over the Polytrack May 8.

Gustav Schickedanz's homebred Artic Fern has won four consecutive races and the 4-year-old Langfuhr   gelding makes his stakes and turf debut for trainer Michael Keogh.

Trainer Roger Attfield brings out Hollinger, who was well-regarded on the Queen's Plate trail last year but was sidelined after finishing last as the favorite in the Plate Trial June 13. Owned by Robert Harvey and A. Wortzman, the 4-year-old Black Minnaloushe gelding has had one start in 2011, a third-place effort in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the Keeneland lawn April 17.

Kinghaven Farms' Stormy Lord, winner of last year's Toronto Cup, makes his first start of the year for trainer Ian Black.

$150,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-IIT, Race 8, 4:27 p.m.), 4 & Up, 7 Furlongs (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Woodbourne (ON), L Contreras, 116, R P Tiller
2. Stormy Lord (ON), J McAleney, 118, I Black
3. Hollinger (ON), T Pizarro, 116, R L Attfield
4. Signature Red (KY), J M Campbell, 122, S C Attard
5. Artic Fern (ON), D Clark, 116, M Keogh
6. Macias (KY), E R Da Silva, 116, S M Asmussen
7. Grand Adventure (KY), P Husbands, 122, M R Frostad
8. Hailstone (KY), E Wilson, 116, M E Casse
 



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