September 13th, 2015

FIRST SAMURAI’s STACKED DECK Battles to Victory in Woodbine’s G3 Bold Venture

STACKED DECK became FIRST SAMURAI’s newest Graded stakes winner with his score in the Bold Venture S.-G3. The 4-year-old forced the pace from the start in this 6 1/2-furlong sprint on Woodbine’s all-weather surface. He challenged for the lead on the turn, disposed of that one in the stretch and then held off a late closer to get the win by a neck. The internal fractions were :22 /2/5, :44 4/5 and 1:08 3/5, and the final time of 1:14 3/5 was only 1/5 second off the track record. Earlier this year, STACKED DECK placed in the one mile King Edward S.-G2 on Woodbine’s turf course. The Bruce Lunsford homebred was a 6 1/2-length Maiden Special Weight winner at two and won the Charley Barley S. in his first start as a 3-year-old. Selling on Monday at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale is his half-brother by WAR FRONT, hip 109.

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