The two-year-old son of Megas Vukefalos enters the seven-furlong Ontario-sired event as the freshest of the eight juveniles. The Mike DePaulo trainee hasn't raced since he broke his maiden in a maiden dash on September 26.
"We thought we would wait and give him a shot in this race and give him a good chance to run big," said the Toronto native. "We've learned that we don't want to rush him back. He seems to run better when his races were spaced out."
"His Beyer figure wasn't all that spectacular," offered DePaulo, referring to the Daily Racing Form speed rating of 57 that his pupil earned. "If you see the tape, he was kind of in trouble and waiting on the rail. He didn't really get a clear trip and he won pretty well."
With several front-running types entered in the Frost King, DePaulo figures Mega Rush could benefit from a nice trip from off the pace.
"If he can get a nice stalking trip, four or five lengths off the pace, it'll be his best trip," he said. "I think he'll have no trouble getting seven eighths. It should suit him fine."
Da Silva retains the mount aboard Mega Rush, who drew post six.
The Frost King is slated for race six on Saturday's 10-race programme.
POST * HORSE * JOCKEY * TRAINER
1 * Hawkey Star * Emile Ramsammy * Julia Carey
2 * Win and Reign * Jim McAleney * Nicholas Gonzalez
3 * My Bad * Emma-Jayne Wilson * Nicholas Gonzalez
4 * Iszatso * Slade Callaghan * Sean Hall
5 * Shut It Down * Tyler Pizarro * Lorne Richards
6 * Mega Rush * Eurico Rosa da Silva * Mike DePaulo
7 * Mean Green * Jono Jones * Sid Attard
8 * Wildcat Fashion * Robert Landry * Josie Carroll
Come meet Living Legends Sandy Hawley and Laffit Pincay
TORONTO, November 6 * A day to celebrate Sandy Hawley's victory in the Living Legends race will be held at Woodbine this Saturday, November 8.
Sandy competed against seven other high-profile jockeys at Santa Anita on Breeders' Cup weekend. With "Woodbine" and Canada's Maple Leaf emblazoned on the leg of his pants, Sandy delighted the crowd with a stirring victory.
Drop by and congratulate Sandy on his win. He will be at Woodbine on Saturday for a live interview with special guest, Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. They will be signing autographs from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
In a winner's circle ceremony following the 5th race, Laffit will present Sandy with the Living Legends trophy.
If you cannot make it to Woodbine on Saturday, Sandy and Laffit will be at Greenwood from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.