09/13/2012 1:44PM

Woodbine: Are You Kidding Me tops competitive Summer Stakes field

Michael Burns
Are You Kidding Me will step up to stakes company in the Grade 2 Summer after winning an allowance race on Aug. 25.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Are You Kidding Me, who won the allowance prep for the Summer Stakes over a mediocre group, will jump up to Grade 2 stakes company Saturday at Woodbine in the $250,000 Summer. The one-mile grass race for 2-year-olds is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In event, meaning the winner receives a paid trip to the BC Juvenile Turf in November at Santa Anita.

Saturday’s card also includes the $250,000 Natalma, a Win and You’re In for the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Are You Kidding Me graduated on the Polytrack, after having some excuses in his first two races. He was favored second time out, when he backed up to finish sixth after a horse stopped abruptly in front of him on the turn.

“The first time, he was bad at the gate,” trainer Roger Attfield said. “The second time, he almost got killed. We liked him in both of those spots at that time, and as long as that incident didn’t bother him mentally, then we thought he’d run well in the next one. He’s a nice horse, and he’s still learning. He’s quite green, but he’s doing well.”

The Mark Casse-trained Indiano Jones graduated second-time out on the grass under Patrick Husbands, who was aboard when the colt had an eventful debut on the Polytrack.

“The biggest trouble came around the five-eighths pole, when he started to get hit with Polytrack,” Casse said. “Patrick said he didn’t know which way to go. He started jumping up and down and lost some momentum. He started running again and galloped out quite nice. I really liked him when he came back and won.”

Indiano Jones, a $425,000 2-year-old purchase, is a son of A.P. Indy and Grade 2 winner Sharp Susan.

“I’m not even sure if turf is his preferred surface,” Casse said. “With his pedigree, I think the key with him is just running farther. I ran him on the grass just because it was seven-eighths. Hopefully, he’ll step it up. He’ll probably be better in the fall going two turns.”

There are several American shippers in the eight-horse field, but Archer Hill, a maiden winner going long at Saratoga, has been based here. Trained by Lisa Lewis, Archer Hill rallied quite wide from the back of the pack to beat New York-bred maiden special opposition Aug. 2.

Kentucky-based I’m Boundtoscore hasn’t run farther than 5 1/2 furlongs, the distance over which he notched the Chenery Stakes over yielding ground at Colonial Downs in Virginia. He’s exiting a second-place finish in the five-furlong Tyro Stakes at Monmouth.

The B’s and E’s, trained by Wesley Ward, was third at first asking in a 4 1/2-furlong dash here May 21. He graduated in his only other appearance July 15 at Belmont, in a seven-furlong maiden special on the grass, and has since worked extensively at Saratoga and Woodbine.

Best Play was a fast-closing second in Indiano Jones’s maiden voyage. A maiden by Speightstown, he is a half-brother to Grade 1 Canadian International winner Marsh Side.