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Woodbine: Honorable Guest stands out in Bull Page Stakes
By Ron Gierkink
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Honorable Guest sticks out in holiday Monday’s $125,000 Bull Page Stakes on class and Beyer Speed Figures. He should be favored in the six-furlong dash at Woodbine, which has lured eight other Ontario-sired 2-year-olds.
Honorable Guest finished second in each of his first three outings, including two stakes, although he was demoted to fifth in the Colin for interference. He earned his diploma by eight lengths in a six-furlong maiden special for Ontario-sired stock Aug. 11.
Honorable Guest lost a heartbreaker most recently in the Simcoe Stakes, for graduates of local yearling sales. He made a four-wide bid for the lead on the turn and then led through most of the stretch before being nailed on the wire by stablemate Dynamic Sky. He earned a 90 Beyer in the 6 1/2-furlong Simcoe.
“It was a big race,” trainer Mark Casse said. “They ran fast. We think a lot of Dynamic Sky . . . He ran against open company. I would think he’d appreciate the Ontario-sired stakes program.”
Casse had lots of admiration for Honorable Guest, a homebred owned by Nancy Guest.
“He’s really talented,” Casse said. “We thought from the beginning, when we had him early on in Ocala, that he was a really nice horse. So far, he’s lived up to that. He’s very professional, a beautiful-moving horse. If you looked at him, he sure wouldn’t stand out in a crowd, but if you watch him go, he would.”
Party Lad aired in his only start here Aug. 18, when he won a five-furlong maiden special by six lengths with a 71 Beyer.
Trainer Mike Pino said he wasn’t surprised to see the Delaware-based Party Lad prevail at first asking.
“He was pretty quick from the gate,” Pino recalled. “The way he was training into the race, I felt pretty confident in him, but you never know first time out. He came out of the race great, and he’s coming into this one good.”
Pino said Party Lad has lived up to his expectations since he purchased the son of Vibank for $5,500 as a yearling.
“We’ve pretty much liked him all along,” Pino said. “When I bought him, it was with the idea that he’s a horse who would get there early and win early. He’s been pretty straightforward. He’s done everything we’ve asked from him.”
Trainer Ralph Biamonte entered Double McTwist and Check Em, who was supplemented for $2,500.
Double McTwist won his only start July 29 by seven lengths, registering a 73 Beyer. Check Em got a 76 Beyer when he romped home on top by 5 1/2 lengths at first asking Sept. 23.
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