|07.02.2022|9:29pm

Eight-year-old Bound for Nowhere, owned and skilled by Wesley Ward, wins the Highlander Stakes at Woodbine

Bound for Nowhere, skilled and owned by Wesley Ward, discovered daylight in late stretch to win within the $203,200 Highlander Stakes (G2) Saturday at Woodbine.

It was a cavalry cost for the lead within the six-furlong turf dash for 4-year-olds and up contested over a agency E.P. Taylor Course, with Irish-bred Chuck Willis rising on prime. The 6-year-old gelding, on a two-race win streak, proceeded to guide his rivals by means of a gap quarter in :21.84 as Pablo Morales settled the Bound for Nowhere into sixth.

Chuck Willis was nonetheless in management after a half-mile in :44.25, however a number of rivals started to set their sights on the chief across the flip for residence.

As the sector straightened for the lengthy stretch drive, Arzak took over prime spot on the stretch name whereas Morales and Bound for Nowhere, behind a wall of horses, desperately regarded for daylight.

When the chance got here, the duo punched by means of and tried to collar front-running Arzak, which they ultimately did, grinding out a one-length triumph in a time of 1:08.01. Bound for Nowhere returned $13.

Arzak completed second, a neck forward of longshot White Flag. Silent Poet completed fourth.

“For a second, I thought I might be a little closer, but it worked out perfectly,” mentioned Morales. “Loads of horses got here out collectively head and head and I used to be capable of drop in and save somewhat little bit of floor. He was very highly effective all the way in which round there. I used to be sitting on a ton of horse. I used to be following a pair that I assumed would carry me, but it surely appeared like everyone kind of stayed collectively. I used to be getting somewhat fearful there, however I’m glad I used to be capable of work out a visit. When I put him within the clear, and he felt somewhat little bit of room, he simply took off.

“I didn’t even see the (Daily Racing) Form. If Wesley Ward wants you to come to Woodbine, I’m going to come to Woodbine. I had no idea what horse it was, of course for my surprise, for a great surprise, I looked at the horse and I’m like, ‘Well, you’re put on an awesome horse.’ I was really excited to be here.”

It was the second straight journey to the winner’s circle for a number of graded stakes winner Bound for Nowhere, an 8-year-old son of The Factor out of the Alydeed mare Fancy Deed bred in Kentucky by Wayne Lyster, Gray Lyster, and Bryan Lister.

“He was full of run the whole way,” Morales mentioned. “He broke really good, and I think I put him in a good spot. He wants to go. He’s big and strong, there’s horses in front of me that are sort of running, but are not really taking off, so mine just wanted to go and go and I’m just trying to stay as close as possible, so when it opens, I can go for it. I was going to go for a wider bid and, you’re right, he was he was just powerful all the way around there. I did have to steady him a little bit because he just wants to run them over.”

Bound for Nowhere has 9 wins, two seconds, and three thirds from 19 profession begins.

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