06/14/2013 12:51PM

Woodbine: Winning Cause invades Victoria Park for Pletcher

Barbara D. Livingston
Winning Cause, winning the Grade 3 Lexington at Keeneland, will try to give Todd Pletcher his second Victoria Park win in four years.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Saratoga-based Winning Cause, a Polytrack specialist, is the big name in Sunday’s $150,000 Victoria Park Stakes, a nine-furlong event for 3-year-olds at Woodbine.

Winning Cause is trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the 2010 Victoria Park with Exhi.

Winning Cause graduated going about seven furlongs on Keeneland’s Polytrack in October. After ending up second and fifth in two stakes on Aqueduct’s inner track over the winter, he rallied from left field to notch a seven-furlong allowance win at Keeneland on April 6.

Two weeks later at Keeneland, Winning Cause won the 1 1/16-mile, Grade 3 Lexington Stakes, from which runner-up General Election exited to take the Grade 3 Arlington Classic.

Winning Cause was the second betting choice behind Up With the Birds in the 1 1/16-mile Marine Stakes here on May 26. After awaiting room along the rail on the far turn, he closed inside to finish a neck ahead of Five Iron in second, while Up With the Birds romped with clear sailing on the outside.

Eurico Da Silva, who rode Up With the Birds in the Marine, picks up the mount on Winning Cause. He is the 119-pound highweight in the four-horse field.

Five Iron is also back for another go. He dueled three wide through fast fractions in the Marine before fading to finish five lengths in arrears, earning an 81 Beyer Figure.

Five Iron was previously second in the six-furlong Woodstock Stakes to front-runner Dan the Tin Man, who came back to win the $100,000 Tom Ridge Stakes at Presque Isle Downs.

Luis Contreras will ride Five Iron for trainer Robbie Martin.

Ontario-bred Sweet Little Man is the lone entrant who could run back in the July 7 Queen’s Plate Stakes, a $1 million fixture which was won last year by Sweet Little Man’s trainer, Danny Vella.

Sweet Little Man got the winter off after earning his diploma at seven furlongs on Nov. 24 at Woodbine. He was second in both of his races against first-level allowance opposition here this spring, most recently traveling 1 1/16 miles and earning his third straight 77 Beyer.

Emma Wilson retains the mount on Sweet Little Man, a son of Belmont Stakes winner Jazil.

Bear Fabulous Son was supplemented to the race for $3,000 by Bear Stable.

Trained by Reade Baker, Bear Fabulous Son closed for third behind Sweet Little Man after breaking awkwardly on May 26, which was his first appearance since a seventh-place effort in the Dec. 1 Display Stakes.