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.
Essence Hit Man
- Chestnut Colt
- Born 2007
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Essence Hit Man won the $166,408 Jacques Cartier Stakes for the third year in a row with a powerful front-running performance under Jesse Campbell April 27 at Woodbine.
Uncaptured, a contender on the Triple Crown Trail until his 10th-place finish in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), was honored April 19 as Canada's 2012 Horse of the Year during the Sovereign Awards ceremony.
Bear Tough Tiger, rallying on the outside, outfought stablemate Bear No Joke to record his first stakes victory in the $127,940 Kennedy Road (Can-III) by a neck at Woodbine Nov. 25.
Essence Hit Man is set to defend his title in the $150,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 25 at Woodbine; his start will come just days after the passing of his trainer and owner, Audre Cappuccitti.
Successful and popular Woodbine-based owner and trainer Audre Cappuccitti has died at age 66.
Essence Hit Man showed what champions are made of when he staved off the equally determined challenger Eternal Rule through the long Woodbine homestretch to win the $172,801 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) July 18.
Essence Hit Man, last year's Canadian champion sprinter, should get a stern test from undefeated Eternal Rule in the $150,000 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) on the night of July 18 at Woodbine.
Smokey Fire, making his first start in nearly 20 months, overcame traffic problems in upper stretch to sweep past the leaders close to home for a 1 1/4-length win in the $230,726 Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.
Signature Red, whose only two victories since July 2010 have come in the Highlander Stakes (Can-IIIT), is back to defend his title for a second time in the $200,000 grass event at Woodbine June 23.
Champion Canadian sprinter Essence Hit Man earned his second victory of the 2012 Woodbine campaign when he led every step of the way to take the $168,790 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) by three-quarters of a length May 6.
Canada's champion sprinter Essence Hit Man looks for his second victory of the year in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine May 6.
Essence Hit Man set a quick pace and held off Gypsy Ring in deep stretch for an upset score in the $150,000 Kennedy Road (Can-III) Nov. 19 at Woodbine.
Hollywood Hit, Canada's defending champion sprinter, will try for his third stakes win this year as he takes on five rivals in the Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-III) over Woodbine's synthetic surface Saturday, Nov. 19.
Stunning Stag wins Woodbine's Vigil Stakes in his 2011 debut, defeating last year's winner, Hollywood Hit.
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Essence Hit Man launched his 2011 campaign in blistering style, setting a track record of 1:08.16 for six furlongs while taking the US$174,973 Jacques Cartier Stakes by two lengths April 17 at Woodbine.
With a newfound career sprinting following a 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Discreetly Mine notched his second graded stakes win in a row with an easy win in the Aug. 2 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at the Spa.
Favored Exhi, making his first start at Woodbine, drew off from his four 3-year-old rivals in the $151,447 Marine Stakes to record his third consecutive win by 4 1/2 lengths May 29.