York­ton sharp for Nearc­tic

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Ron Gierkink

ETOBICOKE, On­tario – Off a blowout Tapeta score in the Grade 3 Bold Ven­ture, the speedy York­ton will take his tal­ents back to the turf in Satur­day’s Grade 2, $250,000 Nearc­tic at Wood­bine.

York­ton ended a seven-race los­ing streak in the Sept. 15 Bold Ven­ture, aided by gate prob­lems by fa­vored Pink Lloyd. Pink Lloyd was reloaded af­ter break­ing through the gate be­fore the start and then broke in the air. York­ton sped to the lead and never looked back to win eas­ily, leav­ing a floun­der­ing Pink Lloyd back in fifth.

Robert Landry, the gen­eral man­ager for owner and breeder Chiefs­wood Sta­ble, said the Stu Si­mon-trained York­ton has never been bet­ter.

“He’s been train­ing phe­nom­e­nal,” Landry said. “He’s in a good place right now. His best races have been on a firmer turf, and if the turf is soft, we won’t run him. He hasn’t run well on a soft turf. There’s other op­tions. We’ve got the Kennedy Road Stakes at the end of the year.”

The weather fore­cast for the area calls for a chance of show­ers Fri­day night and Satur­day.

The six-fur­long Nearc­tic lured 10 oth­ers, in­clud­ing the Mike Maker-trained trio of Hemp Hemp Hur­ray, Kit­ten’s Cat, and Hem­bree.

KEY CON­TENDERS

York­ton, by Speight­stown Last 3 Bey­ers: 103-96-89

◗ His grass form is spotty, but he took the 2017 Char­lie Bar­ley Stakes over a mile on this course, and was fourth in the Grade 2 Con­naught Cup trav­el­ing seven fur­longs here in June.

Lady Alexan­dra, by More Than Ready Last 3 Bey­ers: 80-103-104

◗ She came up empty last time in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters on Tapeta, but was a close sec­ond to Long On Value in her lone lo­cal out­ing, which came against the boys in the Grade 1 High­lander on the grass June 30.

◗ Trainer Gra­ham Mo­tion cross-en­tered her in Satur­day’s Flo­ral Park Stakes at Bel­mont, but said she’s com­ing to Wood­bine for the Nearc­tic.

Hold­ing Gold, by Lonhro Last 3 Bey­ers: 90-85-99

◗ Trainer Mark Casse said things didn’t work in his fa­vor over the sum­mer. Af­ter a trou­bled third on firm turf in the High­lander in June, he was in­ef­fec­tive over giv­ing ground when fifth in the Grade 3 Troy at Saratoga and when fourth in the Grade 2 Play the King here Aug. 25.

“He had a ter­ri­ble trip in the High­lander,” Casse said.

Hemp Hemp Hur­ray, by Ar­tie Schiller Last 3 Bey­ers: 88-88-86

◗ He’s been work­ing up a storm since run­ning sec­ond be­hind Wy­att’s Town in the King Cor­rie Stakes in July and in the On­tario Jockey Club Stakes Sept. 2, both for 3-year-olds on the Tapeta. He adds blink­ers.

Kit­ten’s Cat, by Kit­ten’s Joy Last 3 Bey­ers: 92-87-90

◗ He was knock­ing on the door in sec­ond-level op­tion­al­claim­ing com­pany be­fore fi­nally break­ing through here Sept. 3, in a six-fur­long turf sprint that con­tained two nextout win­ners.

Hem­bree, by Proud Cit­i­zen Last 3 Bey­ers: 90-93-89

◗ He won a re­cent sec­ondlevel op­tional claimer over seven fur­longs on turf at Ken­tucky Downs.

MICHAEL BURNS

York­ton ends a seven-race los­ing streak with this vic­tory in the Bold Ven­ture Stakes on Sept. 15.

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