Bear Tough Tiger outgames stablemate to take Kennedy Road
Stein believes that Bear Tough Tiger, who entered the Kennedy Road off a prominent third-place effort in the grassy Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes, appreciated a chance to run at horses.
"He's a gutsy horse and he's really been improving," Stein noted. "I think it was really the long stretch, on the turf, that really wore him down (in the Nearctic). He did a lot of the work in that race. We drew an inside post in that race as well, and we had no choice but to go to the lead, and that's what happened today but we had more pace to run at."
Baker is hopeful the four-year-old Florida-bred gelding can continue his good form in Florida.
"He's doing better all the time. He'll go a little farther," Baker said. "We might try the (Grade 3) Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream (on December 29) before the year's over and see if we can get a Sovereign Award or two."
Bear No Joke improved his record 7-2-1 from 12 career starts and has now banked $326,152. In his only foray outside of Woodbine, the chestnut posted a 4 3/4-length victory against allowance rivals at Presque Isle Downs on September 29. He is out of the stakes-placed Afternoon Deelites mare Dazzling Deelite and counts as his fourth dam champion three-year-old filly and Canadian Horse of the Year Fanfreluche.
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