TORONTO, October 12, 2022— Poulin in O T, a winner of three of four career starts including a pair of stakes for trainer Steve Owens, looms as the horse to beat in Friday’s Frost King.
The Frost King attracted a field of seven Ontario-sired colts and geldings and goes as the seventh race over 6 1/2 -furlongs on the main-track.
Poulin in O T, a gelding by Reload out of the Dance Brightly mare Town Dance, is coming off a 2 ¼-length score in the restricted Bull Page Stakes over about seven furlongs of the E.P. Taylor turf course on September 24.
‘He’s coming back on short rest,” said Owens. “I’d like five weeks better but he’s a big, strong horse and he should be alright.”
Poulin in O T began his career with back-to-back victories -to-back victories over the Tapeta surface, flaunting his speed in his 4 ½-furlong opener at the $40,000 optional claiming level and doubling up in the open Victoria Stakes at 5 ½-furlongs.
His first defeat came in his next appearance, when he faltered in the open Soaring Free Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on the main turf, but he came back to dominate the Bull Page on the front end with Patrick Husbands aboard for the first time.
“Everything didn’t go according to plan there,” said Owens. “Now he comes back on the Tapeta, which I think is his preferred surface.”
Husbands again will do the honours.
Boss Holiday was no match for Poulin in O T as the 2-5 choice when both were debuting but has since graduated while competing at the same level and then finished a good second behind stablemate Velocitor under first-level allowance terms. Justin Stein returns aboard the Ivan Dalos homebred for trainer Kevin Attard.
Frost King Stakes
1—Silent Fortune—Kazushi Kimura—Gail Cox
2—Boss Holiday—Justin Stein—Kevin Attard
3—Half to Reload—Sahin Civaci—Philip Hall
4—Gem Quality—Rafael Hernandez—Kartrina Vassilieva
5—Posturing—Juan Crawford—Patrick Dixon
6—Poulin in O T—Patrick Husbands—Steve Owens
7—Crimson Comet—Gary Boulanger—Stuart Simon
Bill Tallon, for Woodbine Communications