By Jack Shinar, Blood-Horse
Lightly raced Next Question, making his stakes debut for trainer Mike Trombetta, had all the answers in producing a 16-1 upset in the Nearctic Stakes (Can-IT) on the Woodbine turf course Oct. 14.
Battling for the lead all the way with Bear Tough Tiger, Next Question proved toughest in the stretch under Ramon Dominguez to win the six-furlong test by half a length over British-bred invader Night Carnation. Bear Tough Tiger settled for third with 5-2 favorite Big Band Sound fourth.
The final time was 1:09.32 over a turf course rated "good."
Next Question, racing for Three Diamonds Farm, is a 4-year-old by Stormy Atlantic out of the winless Slew City Slew mare Seattle Stardust that was bred in New York by Dr. Lance G. Bell. The bay gelding, making just his seventh start in the Nearctic, was coming off a front-running five-length victory over an allowance/optional claiming field going seven furlongs on the grass at Belmont Park Sept. 12.
As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, Next Question receives a fees-paid berth into the BC Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 3 over the hillside turf course at about 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita Park.
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NEXT QUESTION CHARGED TO AN UPSET WIN IN THE NEARCTIC STAKES
Photo Courtesy of Michael Burns/Woodbine Entertainment Group