06/19/2017 10:26AM

Noholdingback Bear returns to De Paulo's Woodbine barn

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Barbara D. Livingston
Noholdingback Bear raced twice at Belmont this spring.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Noholdingback Bear, Canada’s champion male sprinter of 2016, has returned to trainer Mike De Paulo’s barn at Woodbine after a brief stint with trainer Brian Lynch in New York.

Noholdingback Bear shipped back to Woodbine last Wednesday night. De Paulo said he was pleased to have Noholdingback Bear back in the barn and was going to evaluate his condition before deciding on his next race.

“We’re just going to assess him right now and come up with a plan,” he said. “I’m waiting to take a peek at him with the vet and go over him, and then we’ll come up with some kind of strategy.”

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Noholdingback Bear raced twice for Lynch this spring at Belmont Park. He finished second in the Diablo Stakes over six furlongs on dirt May 7 and was steadied at the break and finished seventh in the Grade 2 True North Stakes over the same distance June 9.

Noholdingback Bear is the Woodbine 6 1/2-furlong track record-holder on Tapeta, is a graded-stakes winner on dirt, and is stakes-placed in his lone start on turf.

“This horse can run on anything,” De Paulo said. “He’s run well on the dirt. He’s only run once on the grass, and the race he ran was at Gulfstream Park. I think he handles the grass real well. He’s bred to handle grass on his mother’s side. I don’t think there’s a surface that he can’t run on.”