If past history is any indication, Timeform might be considered a good bet to have a date in next year's Queen's Plate.
It took a little urging to get Timeform to load into the gate, but once they opened, the dark bay was all business in winning the $134,750 Kingarvie Stakes for 2-year-ols at Woodbine on Sunday.
With eight of the past 10 Kingarvie winners going on to run in the Queen's Plate, the son of Tejabo (who sired this year's Plate champ T J's Lucky Moon) could be on the road towards Plate glory.
"He's really coming into himself," said winning rider Ray Sabourin, who picked up stakes win number six on the season. "He's maturing and getting better every time."
It was Majestic Wisdom and Timeform who rushed to the front in the 1 1/16-mile event contested over a main track rated as "fast." Constant Montpellier, aboard Majestic Wisdom, dug in along the rail, keeping Timeform just to his outside through an opening quarter-mile in :24.54.
The battle continued through a half-mile in :49.22, the duo slugging it out in an engaging tete-a-tete affair. Mutuel favorite El Gran Maestro loomed large just back of the pacesetters, Jono Jones rousing the dark bay into contention around the final turn.
The trio waged battle into the stretch, with Timeform eventually drawing off from his rivals, to win by 1 ½-lengths in a time of 1:47.27.
It was the third in-the-money finish for the Ontario-bred, who picked up $80,850 for owner Theodore Burnett and trainer Mike Mattine. In four lifetime starts, the colt has bankrolled $124,004.
He paid $15.00, $6.60 and $3.60 across the board, combining with El Gran Maestro ($2.70 and $2.10) for a $37.20 exacta. Majestic Wisdom ($2.90) completed a $145.10 trifecta.