Academic will carry the highweight of 123 pounds in the Maple Leaf.

Academic will carry the highweight of 123 pounds in the Maple Leaf.

Michael Burns

Academic Back at Woodbine for Maple Leaf

A winner against males in her last two starts, filly returns to Woodbine's synthetic.

Bear Stables' Academic will look to clear another hurdle in the $150,000 Maple Leaf Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 31 at Woodbine.

A winner against males over dirt in her last two startsthe Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park and the British Columbia Derby (Can-III) at Hastings Racecoursethe Henny Hughes filly will return to the same Woodbine synthetic main track and the same 1 1/4-mile distance of the Queen's Plate, a race she didn't finish after sprinting out to the early lead.

BALAN: Academic Bests the Boys Again in BC Derby

Academic won impressively over the Woodbine synthetic a start before the Queen's Plate, in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks June 14.

But in Maple Leaf the Reade Baker trainee will tackle older fillies and mares for the first time since she broke her maiden at Woodbine in May. She'll carry the highweight of 123 pounds in the Maple Leaf as one of two 3-year-olds in the 10-horse field, along with Midnight Miley, a stakes-winning daughter of Midnight Lute  who has won her last two starts at Woodbine.

Bill Mott-trained Flipcup, a winner last time out in the Classy 'n Smart Stakes at Woodbine, and Mark Casse-trained Theogony, victress of the Belle Mahone Stakes last time outalso at Woodbineare the only other stakes winners in the field.

Stakes-placed Dido, Aguafria, and Finn's Jewelalong with allowance winners Eastern Atlantic, Club One Two, and Sabbaticalcomplete the field.

Entries: Maple Leaf S. (G3)

Woodbine, Saturday, October 31, 2015, Race 8

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/4m
  • All Weather Track
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 4:40 PM (local)
11Eastern Atlantic (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKirk Johnson117Ricky Griffith20/1
22Academic (ON)Justin Stein123Reade Baker5/2
33Club One Two (ON)David Moran117Paul Attard20/1
44Aguafria (KY)Patrick Husbands117Neil D. Drysdale15/1
55Sabbatical (KY)Alan Garcia117Claude R. McGaughey III10/1
66Finn's Jewel (ON)Eurico Rosa Da Silva119Malcolm Pierce12/1
77Dido (KY)Emma-Jayne Wilson117H. Graham Motion3/1
88Flipcup (NY)Luis Contreras121William I. Mott6/1
99Midnight Miley (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGerry Olguin118Julia Carey4/1
1010Theogony (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGary Boulanger121Mark E. Casse10/1