10/19/2014 7:04PM

European invader Caspar Netscher wins Nearctic

Michael Burns
The lone European shipper in the field Caspar Netscher rallied late Sunday to win the Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Caspar Netscher ($11.60), the lone European-based horse in the field, split horses in deep stretch Sunday to capture the Grade 2, $315,200 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine.

Caspar Netscher got away slowly under jockey Andrew Mullen and settled off the pace as Black Hornet set splits of 22.12 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.52 for the opening half-mile.

Black Hornet put away Dreamsgonewild in the stretch and appeared to be home free until Caspar Netscher came with a strong run between horses to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:08.97. Calgary Cat, the 3-1 favorite, was third.

“They were going hard in front, so I just slotted him in, and I gave myself the option to go in or out,” Mullen said. “When I switched him in, I got a nice run, and he’s picked up well all the way to the line.”

Trainer David Simcock continued his winning ways at Woodbine this season. The British-based trainer is now 3 for 3 here in graded stakes this season, as he also won the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes with Sheikhzayedroad and the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile with Trade Storm in September.

Caspar Netscher, who ran eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2011, banked the $180,000 winner’s share for owner Charles Wentworth, who bought the horse back in 2013 after a brief stud career.

“That was reminiscent of how he was at his best as a 2-year old,” Wentworth said. “It’s great to have him back.”

Eric Banks More than 1 year ago
Same Charles Wentworth who funded the British National Party, the extreme-right immigrant-bashing answer in the UK to the French Front National? Not good...
tommy More than 1 year ago
I hit the exacta plus I even liked the 8 for first and he almost pulled through because he did better workouts than bayern by far! The only thing I did not like he 10 who was the favor and I put him 4th but I would contemplating to put him 2nd and I lost the tripple and superfecta, if I know the tripple would pay that much I would have put the 10 for 3rd ! Also in the last race I was in love with the 2 which I played and I had all horses in superfecta except for the 3. The superset for 10 cents paid almost 4 thousand!!! At least I hit the daily double so I ended upa winner for the hole night
jon g More than 1 year ago
11.60 ! what a gift. Had win,and ex., pd square. I also had late dd,juicy $90 payoff