05/16/2012 11:40AM

Woodbine: Bear's Ruckus stretches out in Friday allowance


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Bear’s Ruckus, who had an eventful but successful debut, will go 1 1/16 miles in his second career start Friday at Woodbine, in an Ontario-sired allowance for 3-year-old nonwinners of two.

Bear’s Ruckus was dismissed at 9-1 as part of a Bear Stable entry when he debuted in a contentious Ontario-sired maiden special April 27. After getting bumped at the break, the large gelding fought for the lead off the rail on the backstretch in that 6 1/2-furlong sprint, but then lost ground while blowing the turn.

All was not lost, however, as Bear’s Ruckus came back on to score under a hand ride in 1:17.34, a time that earned him a 71 Beyer Speed Figure.

Tyler Pizarro inherits the mount from apprentice Caroline Duquet on Bear’s Ruckus, who is trained by Reade Baker.

His entrymate, Bear’s Message, prevailed from off the pace in his lone 2-year-old race, traveling 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 25. After getting the winter off, he checked in fourth after a tardy start in a seven-furlong allowance April 21.

Justin Stein will get a leg up from trainer Mike DePaulo on Bear’s Message, who has worked five-eighths twice since his comeback.

Courtville has struggled since early in his 2-year-old campaign, when he crossed the wire on top in two shorter maiden sprints. He finished fourth at low odds in two consecutive Ontario-sired stakes in the fall, before spending the winter in Florida.

Courtville was favored in his seasonal bow in a seven-furlong allowance, but could only manage fourth after trying to mount a wide bid from off slow fractions.

There is some stamina in Courtville’s pedigree, but none of his four siblings who ran long were victorious.

Tuxedo Ray defeated Courtville when he lost his season opener by a head after closing inside from off a tepid pace. He graduated over 1 1/16 miles in November in a slow clocking.

Stage Best also won his maiden going long at 2, which was the only time he hit the board in seven starts. His owner/trainer, Roger Laurin, had a productive stint here last year, but was shut out with his first six starters at this stand.

Cant Catch Wynston graduated at first asking on the lead going seven-eighths April 14, but showed nothing in a subsequent two-turn attempt.

Completing the field are longshots Jade Prince and Dainichi, who both have poor route form.