09/11/2015 12:41PM

Danish Dynaformer faces elders in Northern Dancer Turf

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Michael Burns
Danish Dynaformer rolls to a 7 3/4-length victory in the Breeders' Stakes on Aug. 16.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Breeders’ Stakes winner Danish Dynaformer will face a steep class test when he takes on older horses for the first time in Sunday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine.

Danish Dynaformer completed his run through the Canadian Triple Crown with a 7 3/4-length victory in the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes at the Northern Dancer Turf’s distance of 1 1/2 miles on Aug. 16. In the other two legs of the Triple Crown, Danish Dynaformer was second in the Queen’s Plate and sixth in the Prince of Wales. Trainer Roger Attfield said he believes Danish Dynaformer is ready to test the Grade 1 level.

“We want to see whether he can step up into another league,” he said. “If he can, then we’ll go on to the [Canadian International], and if he can’t, then we’ll be realistic and step back a little bit. I think he’s going to be that kind of horse, whether he can do that as a 3-year-old or whether he’s going to have to wait until he’s 4. I’m very high on the horse, and we have to see if he can step up a little bit.”

Key Contenders

Danish Dynaformer (Last 3 Beyers: 91-82-85)

◗ Despite having run in all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, Danish Dynaformer is in good order coming into the Northern Dancer Turf, according to Attfield.

“He’s told me that he’s looking for a bigger challenge, so we’re going to give him a chance at it,” he said. “I’ve been really easy on him, especially through this hot weather. He had a nice little gallop up on the turf course the other day.”

Lucky Speed (Last 2 Beyers: 102-89)

◗ He made his North American debut in the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes here July 19 and might have needed that start since he hadn’t raced since last September. He won the Grade 3 American St. Leger at Arlington Park in his next start Aug. 15 and will be cutting back to 1 1/2 miles.

Triple Threat (Last 2 Beyers: 65-99)

◗ A Group 2 winner in France, Triple Threat won his North American debut in the Grade 2 Monmouth at Monmouth Park on June 7. ◗ ◗ He was no threat in his most recent start in the Grade 1 Arlington Million on Aug. 15, but the yielding turf could have played a part. His previous form suggests he’s at his best on firm going.

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Aldous Snow (Last 3 Beyers: 89-95-88)

◗ He returns to his favorite distance, as two of his five career wins have come at 1 1/2 miles, including the Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes in July. Like Triple Threat, he will need firm going to be at his best.