TORONTO, September 2, 2018 – After a thoroughly convincing win in his career bow, Stolen Identity, a bay son of Old Forester, goes after his first stakes win when he takes on nine rivals in Sunday’s $100,000 Bull Page Stakes at Woodbine.
Trained by William Tharrenos for owners HGHR Inc., Natural Eight Stable, Alan Alber and James and Barbara Wright, Stolen Identity romped to an 8 ¼-length score in his debut on July 29 at the Toronto oval.
Sent off as the 2-5 favourite, the Ontario-bred widened his advantage at every call in the 5 ½-furlong main track sprint.
“He’s a very classy individual,” said Tharrenos, who has 205 career training wins, including 23 victories so far this season. “He proved that in his first start. It didn’t take a lot out of him. We did have him in the Simcoe Stakes, but he came up with a virus, so we had to skip that. We put him on antibiotics and basically stepped aside because he wasn’t 100 per cent going into that race.
“We lost a little bit of training and just waited for him to get better. He’s in good order now. Yes, ideally, I would have liked to have another work or two under him, but he worked really well on Saturday. He went in :59 and change and galloped out in 1:13 3/5ths. He came out of the work well and we’re looking for a big race.”
Stolen Identity, who will once again have Ademar Santos in the irons, will break from the outside post 10 in the six-furlong Bull Page, slated for Race 6 on the program.
Tharrenos is hopeful his Minshall Farms-bred gelding, the 2-1 morning line favourite, can get in gear early.
“We have post 10 and we have to come out of there running,” he said. “He’s coming into it in good order. Here’s a horse that we didn’t overly train leading up to his first start. He was battling shins back then. He impressed me more than I thought he would. I knew he was fast. The question was how tight could we have the horse for that race. He gave us the answer and it’s the same situation now.”
The veteran conditioner is hoping for another winner’s circle trip on Sunday.
“Do I think he’s better than everybody in the race? I really do. Is he going to be tight enough that last eighth of a mile, that last furlong? That’s how I see him getting beat, if he does get beat. But right now, he’s like a bear. His mind is good and he’s healthy. When the latch opens up, let’s hope we have him tight enough to get that distance.
“He’s done everything right. He’s outworked every horse that we’ve had. He’s got an absolute great mind. And his looks speak for themselves. He has these big white markings on his knees and forehead. I’ve been around a lot of horses, but this one here, he seems like he’s going to be a very special horse for now and down the road.”
Last year, Latonka, under Gary Boulanger, won the Bull Page Stakes.
Also on Sunday’s program, the Grade 3, $125,000 Durham Cup Stakes, which will go as Race 9.
FIELD FOR THE $100,000 BULL PAGE STAKES
POST / HORSE / JOCKEY / TRAINER
1 / Sandretti / Kazushi Kimura/ Harold Ladouceur
2 / Blessed Two / Gary Boulanger / Kevin Attard
3 / News Flash / Christopher Husbands / Ricky Griffith
4 / Summer Retreat / Luis Contreras / Andrew Smith
5 / Krpan / Christopher Husbands / Ricky Griffith
6 / Bourbon Stritta / Eurico Rosa da Silva / Robert Neumann
7 / Bens Last Call / Davy Moran / Mike De Paulo
8 / Souper Hot / Patrick Husbands / Mike Mattine
9 / Street Chopper / Jesse Campbell / Steve Owens
10 / Stolen Identity / Ademar Santos / Bill Tharrenos