Image: Ironstone wins 2021 Clarendon Stakes (Michael Burns Photo)

Silent Runner, a son of 2021 Top Ontario Sire Silent Name (JPN), and Ironstone a 2021 Sovereign Award Champion Two-Year-Old Nominee, are among the field of nine vying for the $125,000 Woodstock on Sunday May 1 at Woodbine.

The Woodstock – contested by three-year-olds over six-furlongs on the main track Tapeta – is the second half of Woodbine’s opening of three-year-old stakes season, coming on the heels of yesterday’s Star Shoot for three-year-old fillies.

Ironstone (Mr Speaker-Casey’s Dreamin by Unbridled’s Song) posted a record of 2-3-0 in his freshman campaign. Bred by Kingview Farms, he won two black types, the Claredon, and Simcoe, and finished second in the Gr. 2 Grey Stakes at Woodbine in November, to conclude his two-year-old season. He drew the four post for today’s engagement.

A homebred for C. Scott Abbott Racing Stable Ltd., Silent Runner (Silent Name (JPN)-Flashy Consort by Bold N’ Flashy) had a record of 3-3-0 in seven starts in his two-year-old season. He was runner-up to Ironstone in the Clarendon and won in the Frost King Stakes in his final start. He will break from the outside post.

Silent Runner wins King Frost Stakes

Silent Runner wins the King Frost Stakes (Michael Burns Photo)

In addition to the two Triple Crown nominees, Victory Jet (Chart Topper – Foret De Pompadour, By Old Forester), is the third Ontario Bred is in the field.

Bred by Racing Canada Inc. He broke his maiden in a five-and-half-furlong tapeta contest last November at Woodbine and posted a career high Equibase speed figure of 94 in a runner-up finish in an allowance on April 17. He starts next to Ironstone in the five spot.

In its 125 editions, five winners of the Woodstock have proceeded to win a Triple Crown race, including the legendary Wando. He won the Woodstock in 2003, before becoming the last horse to sweep the Canadian Triple Crown. The others are below.

  • 1967: Pine Point (Breeders’ Stakes)
  • 1965: Whistling Sea (Queen’s Plate)
  • 1960: Hidden Treasure (Breeders’ Stakes)
  • 1957: Lyford Cay (Queen’s Plate)
  • 1890: Perifwinkle (Breeders’ Stakes)

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