Black Hornet is training strongly to defend his title in the Vigil, Stakes where he will face graded stakes winners Dimension and Canadian champion sprinter Stacked Deck. The field will be rounded out by a trio of stakes winners.
Coming off a disappointing 10th-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), Bruce Lunsford's homebred Stacked Deck was back in his sweet spot Nov. 22, on the Woodbine synthetic main track.
Stacked Deck held off 2014 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) winner Calgary Cat with a determined drive and claimed his first graded score Sept. 13, winning this year's edition of the $150,000 test at Woodbine.
Calgary Cat, Canada's defending sprint champion, seeks a repeat in the Sept. 13 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) at 6 1/2 furlongs. Making his second start off a long layoff is two-time sprint champ (2011-12) Essence Hit Man.
Black Hornet opened a clear lead early in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) May 17 at Woodbine and outlasted rivals for the gelding's first graded score.
Woodbine homebody Calgary Cat will look to win his third stakes in a row at the Canadian track in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) May 17.
Grade II winner Big Band Sound was represented by his first reported foal when a filly was born Feb. 3 at Peach Lane Farm in Opelousas, La.
John Oxley's Lockout, who has faced better company in his past three outings, holds a class edge against nine rivals Oct. 19 in the six-furlong Nearctic Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Stakes-producing dam Dance Lessons died Sept. 28 of natural causes at owner Fred Pace's farm in Trapp, Ky. She was 15.
Really Sharp, narrowly denied in the Jacques Cartier Stakes last time out, broke through with his first stakes win in the $140,745 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) May 11 at Woodbine while overlooked at 28-1 odds.
Dan the Tin Man, game winner of the Jacques Cartier Stakes on opening weekend of the 2014 Woodbine season, returns to the Toronto track May 11 as the 125-pound highweight in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III).
Canadian grade III winner No Hesitation has been retired to stand at Pierre Esquirol's Esquirol Farm in Alberta, Canada. His 2014 fee will be $1,000.
Grade II winner Big Band Sound has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 season at Gulf Coast Equine in Sunset, La. He will stand his first season at Ray and Anna Paul's Gulf Coast Equine for $2,500.
Bear No Joke caught reigning Canadian champion sprinter and pacesetter Essence Hit Man in midstretch and edged past for a 17-1 upset victory in the Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 30 at Woodbine.
Grade I winner Phil's Dream puts his four-race win streak on the line against seven rivals in the $150,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-III) Nov. 30 on the Woodbine Polytrack.
The final Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" challenge event for 2013 brings together a well-matched field of 11 in the $300,000 Nearctic Stakes (Can-IT) on the turf Oct. 13 at Woodbine.
Two-time TVG King Edward Stakes (Can-IIT) winner Riding the River looks to rebound from an unsatisfactory finish, while Highlander Stakes (Can-III) victor Go Blue or Go Home switches surfaces in the Play the King Stakes.
Big Band Sound, a grade II winning son of Bernstein, has been retired, announced Richard Schultz, who owns the horse with Kendel Standlee. The 6-year-old Danny Vella trainee suffered a minor injury during training.
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Essence Hit Man had to survive a claim of foul after holding off 28-1 shot Dimension in deep stretch by a neck to score a repeat victory in the $162,002 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) July 17 at Woodbine.
Two-time Canadian sprint champion Essence Hit Man looks to get back to his winning form when he faces five opponents in the $150,000 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) July 17 at Woodbine.
Two-time Connaught Cup victor Something Extra heads the $200,000 Highlander Stakes July 7 at Woodbine and is the 2-1 favorite on the morning line for a 13-horse field that includes grade I winner Next Question.
Laugh Track, pushing two-time Canadian sprint champion Essence Hit Man every step of the way, surged in the final strides to register a half-length victory in the $150,415 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) June 2 at Woodbine.
Just three opponents are signed on to face two-time Canadian champion sprinter Essence Hit Man as he pursues a repeat victory in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) June 2 at Woodbine.
Riding the River, Canada's champion turf male of 2012, returns to action in the $200,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-IIT) May 26 at Woodbine.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bear Tough Tiger||Dale L. Romans||
|Big Band Sound||Daniel J. Vella||
|Essence Hit Man||Larry Cappuccitti||
|No Hesitation||Twylla Bensmiller||
|Paso Doble||Mark Fournier||
|Signature Red||Sid C. Attard||
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