In unbeaten Bear's Future and the maiden Rockin Heat, Bear Stables and trainer Reade Baker have a strong pair of 2-year-olds entered in the $225,000 Grey Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 10 at Woodbine.
A big field of 11 is entered in the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack event, which is the eighth race on the program with a 4:27 p.m. EDT post.
Kentucky-bred Bear's Future is the lone stakes winner in the Grey, taking Woodbine's seven-furlong Swynford Stakes by 3 1/2 lengths as the odds-on favorite Sept. 12. In his only other start, the son of Rockport Harbor romped to a 5 3/4-length win over maidens Aug. 13, also at seven furlongs.
His uncoupled stablemate, Rockin Heat, remains a maiden after posting three consecutive runner-up finishes in as many tries. In his most recent effort, the one-mile Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT) on a "good" grass course Sept. 18, the Rock Hard Ten colt made a solid bid from fourth but was out-finished by Pluck by one length.
Rockin Heat has also had a runner-up finish at one mile and 70 yards to Grey Stakes foe Blue Laser in a maiden Polytrack event Aug. 28 at Woodbine.
WinStar Farm's homebred Blue Laser has not been out since that one-length score for trainer Mark Casse. The Bluegrass Cat colt had one other start prior to that, finishing third in his debut against maidens on the turf in a race won by Grey contender Silverleo Aug. 1.
Casse also entered WinStar's recent maiden winner Withdrawal, a son of El Corredor that tallied in front-running fashion by a half-length over one mile and 70 yards on Polytrack Sept. 17.
After his maiden win, Silverleo, trained by Greg de Gannes for Trini Posse Stables, would return to defeat a first-level allowance group on the grass Aug. 26 before finishing last of seven in the Summer Stakes.
De Gannes also entered Midway Train, a debut maiden winner at seven furlongs on grass Aug. 29. By Silver Train, he is owned by Michael Ryan.
Classic Legacy, a gray/roan son of Macho Uno trained by Robert Tiller, is unbeaten in two starts and will make his first try beyond six furlongs.
Something Extra, an Indian Charlie gelding trained by Gail Cox and owned by Cox in partnership with John Menary, ran second to Bear's Future in the Swynford. In the money in all four of his starts, he, too, will be stretching out for the first time.
$225,000 Grey Stakes (Can-III, Race 8, 4:27 p.m., 2-Year-Olds, 1 1/16 Miles (Synthetic)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Classic Legacy (FL), O Moreno, 117, R P Tiller
2. Midway Train (KY), J C Jones, 115, G de Gannes
3. Silverleo (KY), C Sutherland, 117, G de Gannes
4. Bear's Future (KY), G Olguin, 119, R Baker
5. Something Extra (KY), D Clark, 115, G Cox
6. Top Pit Boss (ON), L Contreras, 115, A Cappuccitti
7. Blue Laser (KY), C Fraser, 117, M E Casse
8. Withdrawal (ON), C Fraser, 117, M E Casse
9. Rockin Heat (KY), E R Da Silva, 115, R Baker
10. Fogo (ON), S R Bahen, 115, M W Wright
11. Justice Is Served (KY), N Somsanith, 115, M Mesic