05/10/2012 11:39AM

Woodbine: Incredicat looks to build on last in Marine Stakes

Michael Burns
Incredicat wins the Wando Stakes at Woodbine in his last start.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Incredicat’s first venture around two turns was a success, and he will continue on the road toward the June 24 Queen’s Plate on Saturday at Woodbine in the $150,000 Marine Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile Marine drew just five other 3-year-olds, including Canadian-breds Classic Bryce and Strait of Dover. Lexington Stakes winner All Squared Away ships up from Kentucky for the race.

Incredicat notched his lone 2-year-old outing before going south for the winter and was a front-running third following a layoff in an allowance sprint at Gulfstream on March 24.

Most recently here in the 1 1/16-mile Wando Stakes, Incredicat set slow fractions en route to a daylight score, for which he got an 85 Beyer Speed Figure. Trainer Ian Black said he was content seeing Incredicat rate kindly on the lead then.

“Coming out of Gulfstream, where he ran a half in 44, I was really happy to get him to go a quarter in 25,” Black said. “He’s become a very relaxed horse. I don’t know if it told anybody if he’s really a two-turn horse or not – any time that you go that slow and just sprint home. He looks like a two-turn horse. He stands over a lot of ground.”

Incredicat got positive reviews for his five-furlong breeze in 1:01.80 last Saturday.

“He worked back well,” Black said. “He didn’t go particularly fast, but he did what I wanted him to. He sat behind a couple of horses, then went inside of them and finished well. I’d love to see somebody else take the lead, to see if he can actually sit off somebody and relax in the afternoon. That would be perfect.”

Classic Bryce rallied wide for second in the Wando, in his first appearance since an eighth-place finish in the Nov. 6 Coronation Futurity.

“We were very happy with that,” trainer Darwin Banach said. “We just want to keep him confident and going in the direction. We ran him back a little soon [in the Coronation], and I thought he made a move way too soon and just ran out of horse.”

All Squared Away was supplemented for $3,000 by trainer Wesley Ward. He toiled in the maiden ranks in California, before breaking through at Golden Gate in February. He subsequently ran sixth in the Grade 3 Spiral at Turfway, before taking the Grade 3 Lexington at 70-1 in his first start for Ward.

Trainer Todd Pletcher entered Holiday Promise, the sixth-place finisher in the Lexington; and Bridge Loan, who graduated fifth-time out at Keeneland in his first start on Polytrack. Pletcher won the last two runnings of the Marine, with Queen’splatekitten and Exhi.