Skip Away, the 3-year-old thoroughbred who defeated Cigar last week at Belmont, will get another shot at the racing legend in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
After a week of deliberation, trainer Sonny Hine has decided to pay the $480,000 late nomination fee to make Skip Away eligible for North America's richest race, which will be held Oct. 26 at Woodbine.
With $2,080,000 going to the winner, Hine feels it's worth a shot.
"We're going to chase it," Hine, 65, told the Toronto Sun from Keeneland, Ky. "The horse is doing so darn good and I've been getting wisdom from everyone."
The stage is now set for a compelling battle. Last year's Horse of the Year, Cigar, who won 16 straight before losing two of his past three, will look to put an exclamation point on his final career start.
In other racing news: Regal Courser, making his first stakes start, shocked Queen's Plate champion Victor Cooley in the $79,500 Sir Barton Stakes at Woodbine.
Regal Courser handed the Plate winner only his second loss of the season in Canada. It was Regal Courser's third win this year.
Victor Cooley rallied through the stretch, but an early speed duel had taken its toll, and he was beaten by a head.
Regal Courser, who paid $43.40, was timed over 1 1/1 6 miles at 1:45 1/5 .