Fast Parade Marches to Nearctic Victory

(from Woodbine report)
Favored Fast Parade rallied from just off the pace to win Sunday's $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (Can-II) for turf sprinters at Woodbine.

The Washington-bred gelding, owned by Gary and Cecil Barber, is the first 3-year-old to win the six-furlong dash since the Laurie Silvera-trained Solo Guy in 1981.

A California trained pupil of Peter Miller, the Nearctic was Fast Parade's fourth stakes win, but his first graded stakes triumph.

Under Patrick Valenzuela, who won last month's Woodbine Mile (Can-I) aboard Becrux, Fast Parade prompted the pace from the outside and moved decisively late on the turn to overtake Moss Vale after fractions of :22 4/5 and :46 3/5. The son of Delineator led by 2 1/2 lengths with a furlong to go and held off late challenges from runner-up In Summation and third-place finisher Old Dodge.

Three quarters of a length better at the wire, Fast Parade traveled the six-furlong distance in 1:12.41 over the 'soft' E.P Taylor Turf Course.

Miller, who strikes at a 20% clip, said he wasn't concerned about taking on older rivals as much as he was the course.

"I was a little bit concerned about the turf and whether he would be able to handle the soft turf. But he handled it beautifully."

Fast Parade is now 2-for-2 on the grass, having won his last start in Del Mar's Green Flash Handicap, a five-furlong turf event Aug. 16.

Miller noted that Fast Parade maintained his sharpness with several speedy San Luis Rey Downs works.

"He runs well fresh," said Miller. "We wanted to spot him appropriately, and this race looked like a good spot."

Valenzuela, who was aboard the speedy gelding for the first time, said Fast Parade can be ridden from any part of the pack. "He's a very versatile horse. He can go to the front, he can come from off the pace. Peter had him plenty ready, and I was just lucky to be the pilot."

The Nearctic was the third of three added-money events worth a total of $3.5 million on Sunday's Pattison Canadian International program.

Fast Parade returned $6.70, $4.30, $2.60, combining with In Summation ($9.10, $6.60) for a $65.30 exacta. Old Dodge ($7.90 to show) completed a $494.30 trifecta.

Terrific Challenge closed well to finish fourth followed by Moss Vale, Atticus Kristy, Metro Meteor, Silver Timber, Dark Cheetah, Man of Illusion, Sgt. Bert, and Peace Offering.

Dr. Michael John Konecny bred Fast Parade, who is out of the Prospector's Gamble mare Parade of Gold.

(Chart, Equibase)