By Candice Hare
The spotlight will be on Toronto racing hero Pink Lloyd in this year’s edition of the G3 Bold Venture Stakes. In a race which appears to feature quite a bit of early speed, the local sprinting stalwarts will face each other in the race which is named after the 1936 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.
#6 KINGSPORT (Milwaukee Brew – Green Jewel, by Green Dancer)
Running Style: Closer
Trainer: Sid Attard
Jockey: Patrick Husbands
Owner: Goldmart Farms & Royal Laser Racing
A veteran of the Woodbine stakes ranks, Kingsport is always suited at this level. While he won last time out over 1 1/16 miles, he’s just as capable sprinting. He’s been kept relatively fresh with only four runs in 2018 and after two straight victories, he looks the value against the likely overbet Pink Lloyd, whom he’s defeated on multiple occasions.
TOO HARD TO TOSS OUT
#3 PINK LLOYD (Old Forester – Gladiator Queen, Great Gladiator)
Running Style: Stalker
Trainer: Robert Tiller
Jockey: Eurico Rosa Da Silva
Owner: Entourage Stable
A winner of 16 of his 19 career starts, Pink Lloyd has deservedly developed a large fan following, but in two of his three losses was bested by Kingsport. His most recent victory was very workmanlike and while he did still get the victory, I wonder if he’s a bit over the top after several big performances earlier on in the meet. With the prospect of even money (or lower) possible, I’ll look elsewhere.
#9 YORKTON (Speightstown – Sunday Affair, by A.P. Indy)
Running Style: Leader
Trainer: Stuart Simon
Jockey: Jesse Campbell
Owner: Chiefswood Stable
There are quite a few pressing types in this field and stylistically that probably doesn’t suit likely leader Yorkton. He’s going to have to hussle from the wide gate as it is and any added pressure will only soften him up for the stretch run.
#4 LOOSE ON THE TOWN (Speightstown – Gauze, by Saint Ballado)
Running Style: Stalker
Trainer: Michael Doyle
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Owner: Jim & Susan Hill
Loose on the Town showed flashes of talent with previous trainer Brian Lynch. Two lengths off of top sprinter Whitmore in particular reads well for a race of this level. His one local start was a bit disappointing, but he faced a fast early tempo in what was his first race off of a 133 day layoff. He should improve off of that run and at a big price is worth including in vertical plays.
2017 BOLD VENTURE WINNER
#8 IKERRIN ROAD (IRE) (Iffraaj (GB) – Fantastic Spring, by Fantastic Light)
Running Style: Mid-pack
Trainer: Vito Armata
Jockey: Ademar Santos
Owner: Alpine Stable Ltd.
The 2017 reigning Bold Venture champ returns to defend his title and comes into the race off a 3/4 length win against Allowance Optional Claimers going 6 furlongs on Woodbine’s all-weather track. Ademar Santos (who rode him to victory last out) will pilot the 5-year-old gelding who has not fared all that well against stakes contenders this year.
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