Lockout will break from post 2 in the Nearctic Stakes.

Lockout will break from post 2 in the Nearctic Stakes.

Michael Burns

Lockout Holds Class Edge in Nearctic Stakes

John Oxley's son of Limehouse was sixth last time out in grade I Ricoh Woodbine Mile.

John Oxley's Lockout has been knocking heads with top company since July, which gives the 5-year-old Limehouse  horse a class edge in Nearctic Stakes (Can-IIT) Oct. 19 at Woodbine.

The six-furlong Nearctic, worth $300,000, will go as the eighth on an 11-race program that features the grade I Pattison Canadian International and E.P. Taylor stakes.

Lockout, trained by Mark Casse, will have Gary Boulanger up and break from post 2 in a 10-horse lineup. On July 6 Lockout closed from ninth to finish third in the Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT) at the Nearctic trip. He rallied from 14 lengths out of it to finish second, beaten three-quarters of a length Aug. 10 in Woodbine's seven-furlong Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT). He was tested against the best in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-I) Sept. 14, finishing sixth.

The cutback to a more favorable distance and lighter competition should have him in the frame. He's the 5-2 choice on the morning line.

On the extreme outside in post 10, Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Calgary Cat comes to the Nearctic off a win in the grade III Bold Venture Stakes Sept. 13 on Woodbine's Polytrack at 6 1/2 furlongs. In late August the 4-year-old Cowtown Cat  gelding scored at the same distance on the turf against allowance/optional claiming company.

Watch for 12-1 outsider Paso Doble, a winner of two straight against restricted stakes foes of late. The 8-year-old Bold n' Flashy gelding has some speed and might carry this field a long way.

Upgrade, on the rail in the Nearctic, has only one win from seven starts this year but has the back class to be a factor. Chad Brown trains for Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, and Gary Aisquith. The 7-year-old from the lone crop of Saint Liam won the Jaipur Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont back in 2012 and was a closing third, beaten just a half length Sept. 27 at Belmont going seven furlongs on the turf.

Two races back Upgrade was behind Dreamsgonewild, a New York-bred gelding by Freud  who then went on to win the Laurel Dash Sept. 27 at six furlongs on the  Laurel Park turf course. A winner of three straight, Dreamsgonewild is 6-1 on the morning line for the Nearctic.

Entries: Nearctic S. (G2T)

Woodbine, Sunday, October 19, 2014, Race 8

  • Grade IIT
  • 6f
  • Turf
  • $300,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 4:37 PM (local)
11Upgrade (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario117Chad C. Brown-
22Lockout (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGary Boulanger117Mark E. Casse-
33Langstaff (ON)Michelle Rainford117Scott H. Fairlie-
44Paso Doble (KY)David Moran117Mark Fournier-
55Excaper (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateEmma-Jayne Wilson121Ian Black-
66Big Blue Spirit (GB)Patrick Husbands117Darrin Miller-
77Caspar Netscher (GB)Andrew Mullen117David Simcock-
88Black Hornet (ON)Justin Stein117Pat Parente-
99Dreamsgonewild (NY)Trevor McCarthy117Bruce F. Alexander-
1010Calgary Cat (ON)Eurico Rosa Da Silva119Kevin Attard-