ETOBICOKE, Ontario -- Jungle Wave, coming off a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Woodbine Mile, deserves top billing in the Grade 2, $500,000 Nearctic, a supporting stakes on Canadian International Day Saturday at Woodbine.
The six-furlong turf dash is a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In event, and the winner receives an automatic berth into the Nov. 7 BC Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Jungle Wave was claimed for $62,500 in May by trainer Sid Attard, who sent him out to win the seven-furlong Play the King and the allowance prep for that Grade 2 stakes in August.
Jungle Wave pressed a lively pace in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile before being caught on the wire for third place by Sterwins. He ended up four lengths behind the winner, Ventura.
"I thought he ran a good race," said Attard. "They were tough horses. I really think he's best from six to seven furlongs. He's got speed, and you don't have to hold him back so much at six furlongs."
Field Commission, the sixth horse in the Woodbine Mile, was a fast-closing second in the Play the King after getting sandwiched between rivals early in the stretch.
"I thought that our path got taken away turning for home," said trainer Danny Vella. "It wasn't that dramatic, but it was enough to stop our momentum, and we had to wait for an opening. I think it changed the outcome of the race."
Bogue Chitto, a 5-year-old who had tendon issues during his formative years, has evolved into one of Woodbine's better sprinters this year. He won his lone turf start from off the pace, taking the six-furlong optional claimer over a field that included Atticus Kristy and Timely Advice.
"I thought he ran great on the grass," said trainer Ian Howard. "He ran as well as he did on the Poly. It's not the toughest $500,000 race, and it's worth taking a shot. He came out of his last race very well. He hasn't done much wrong all year. In some ways, I think he benefited from not doing much at 2 and 3."
American shippers Chamberlain Bridge, Little Nick, Heros Reward, Silver Z, and Karakorum Elektra are also in the lineup.
Chamberlain Bridge won the $250,000 Turf Monster Handicap at Philadelphia Park over Little Nick Sept 7. For running five-eighths on the grass in 57.14 seconds, he was awarded a Beyer Speed Figure. of 102.
Heros Reward took the 2007 Nearctic, and was fourth last year, Nearctic but has lost a step this year at age 7.