TORONTO, June 29—Made You Look, trained by Todd Pletcher, ships in with a serious class edge in Sunday’s $100,000 Charlie Barley Stakes, at Woodbine.
The Kentucky-bred will face eight Woodbine-based 3-year-olds in the open overnight stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on the grass. Yorkton is the only opponent with a stakes win on his resume and is a question mark at the distance and on the surface.
Javier Castellano, here to ride Inflexibility for trainer Chad Brown in the Queen’s Plate, also has the call on Made You Look and has won a pair of graded turf stakes on the Kentucky-bred. Castellano and Made You Look captured last August’s Grade 2 aboard With Anticipation over 1 1/16 miles at Saratoga and this January’s Grade 3, 7 ½-furlong Dania Beach at Gulfstream.
After going on to finish third in the one-mile Kitten’s Joy, Made You Look tried the dirt and was trounced in the Fountain of Youth. Back on turf for his last start, Made You Look finished seventh, beaten 10 ¾ lengths, after a troubled start in in the Grade 2 American Turf at Keeneland. Made You Look is the 121-pound highweight for the Charlie Barley and drew the No. 2 post.
Yorkton was a front-running winner of the seven-furlong Queenston for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds here May 13. Now stretching out and competing in open company, Yorkton will be looking to double up for trainer Stu Simon and Chiefswood Stable.
“It’s kind of the way the races fell for the 3-year-olds,” said Simon, of the decision to run Yorkton in the Charlie Barley. “We’ll see whether he gets the mile, at one turn, or not.”
Yorkton tried 1 1/16 miles on the grass last fall in the Cup and Saucer for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds but faltered to finish ninth after leading through six furlongs.
“You can throw that race out,” said Simon. “The turf was too soft for him.”
Eurico Rosa da Silva retains the mount on Yorkton, who drew the No. 8 post.
Trainer Mike Keogh will be taking a double-barreled shot at the Charlie Barley, sending out City Boy and Woodbridge. City Boy and Woodbridge both are homebreds racing for Gus Schickedanz, who owns the latter in partnership with Don Howard.
Unraced at 2, City Boy tipped his hand when second in his five-furlong opener. The winner, Circle of Friends, has gone on to extend his winning streak to three and is one of the most promising sprinters on the grounds.
City Boy himself was unconquerable next time out, leading throughout over 6 1 /2 furlongs of turf, and was then was unlucky when ending second behind older rival Holy Whirl Wind in a first-level allowance try over the same distance and surface.
“He was bad in the gate,” said Keogh. “Jesse (regular rider Campbell) caught his foot coming out, and blew an iron.
Forced to adopt a new running style, City Boy closed well to be beaten a length.
“It was nice to see him come from out of it but not under the circumstances,” said Keogh. ‘”If he can rate, that will be fine.”
Woodbridge raced on turf in his first three outings last year, finishing third in the 6 ½-furlong Vandal. The gelding then broke his maiden in a 1 1/16 mile Tapeta race but was unplaced when well-supported in the 1 1/8 mile Coronation Futurity on the same surface.
This year, Woodbridge began with aspirations for the Queen’s Plate but moved back to the grass after two unplaced sprint stakes outings.
In his return to turf, Woodbridge ended on the fringes when facing older rivals at 1 1/16 miles.
“He had a little bit of trouble, and he galloped out very well,” said Keogh. “He can’t handle the Tapeta; it tears shim up. He’ll like going on the grass.”
Campbell is named on both Keogh runners with City Boy drawing post 4 and Woodbridge the 7-hole.
Escondera finished second behind Watch Me Strut over 1 1/16 miles of Tapeta here last time . But while the winner is running back in the Queen’s Plate, trainer Roger Attfield has opted for the Charlie Barley with Escondera.
“His last race was okay,” said Attfield, who conditions the homebred Escondera for Bob Harvey. “I think one of his best races was when he ran on the grass at Keeneland. He closed determinedly.”
Escondera finished sixth that day, but was beaten only six lengths when making his seasonal bow. Rafael Hernadez has the mount.
Rounding out the field will be Escondera, Gamble’s Citizen, and the Mark Casse-trained trio of Conquest Lemonraid, Flowmotion, and Minister’s Strike.