TORONTO, August 7, 2021 – The $80,000 Lake Huron Stakes, part of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series, took place Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack with Forest Survivor taking the victory.
The five-furlong Inner Turf event for colts and geldings is part of the Ontario Sire Heritage Series, a new eight-leg stakes series open to Ontario Sired 3-year-olds, to be contested at Woodbine and Fort Erie racetracks.
Ontario Racing and its Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP) Committee unveiled the series in March. With a total purse structure of $750,000, the Heritage Series will feature a total of four races – three opening legs and one final – for both 3-year-old colts and 3-year-old fillies that are sustained to the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
Forest Survivor and All Canadian both shot out strongly to engage in a speed battle, dueling through a quarter-mile of :21.72. Sent off as the 1/2 favourite, Forest Survivor and Kazushi Kimura turned away All Canadian convincingly to open several lengths in the stretch, running to a 1 ¾ length victory in :57.33.
Galvaston closed in late to finish second, while Jocularity and Dragon’s Brew completed the top-four.
“(Forest Survivor) is pretty quick all the time…I’m just doing one job like just send him to the front,” said Kimura, noting it was the same tactics as the colt’s most recent start, a second-place effort on June 13.
A son of Old Forester, Forest Survivor has now won two of three starts this season after three of eight starts overall. The chestnut colt is trained by Norm McKnight for owner Bruno Schickedanz.
Forest Survivor paid $3.10 to win.