Bridgetown returns to Woodbine on Saturday in the $500,000 Nearctic
Stakes, and the rapid 3-year-old should be prominent throughout the
six-furlong turf sprint. Along with first money, the winner of the
Grade 1 event will receive an automatic berth in the Nov. 6 Breeders'
Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.
Bridgetown captured the Grade 3 Summer Stakes here last fall,
before ending up second as the pacemaker in the Grade 2 BC Juvenile
Turf at Santa Anita. He went to the sidelines for nine months after
ending up fourth in the Grade 3 Generous Stakes in November at
Bridgetown has won both his starts at 5 1/2 furlongs this
summer. He took the Latham Stakes from off the pace at Saratoga, and
the Gilded Time Stakes on the lead at Monmouth.
Trainer Ken McPeek said Bridgetown has trained encouragingly
leading up to the Nearctic, and he's hoping to use the race as a
springboard to the BC Turf Sprint.