E.P. Taylor Day
Autumn Miss Stakes
California Flag Hcp
Jockey Club Gold Cup
California Distaff Hcp
Jockey Patrick Husbands poses with the Cup and Saucer Stakes trophy which is actually a golden cup and saucer.
One of the premier races for Canadian-foaled 2-year-olds is the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine. A field of 9 went to post for this 1 1/16 mile trip around one turn of the E.P. Taylor turf course. After earlier dark clouds and drizzle, conditions were excellent for Saturday's feature, with partly cloudy skies and a race-time temperature of 18 C (64 F) and the turf course rated firm (GoingStick 11.0). Master Spy was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off his maiden win at 3rd asking after finishing second in the Victoria Stakes. In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Credit River, winner of his debut last out in the Ontario Racing Stakes, and 6-1 third choice Download, 7th in the Summer Stakes (G1) last out.
Master Spy (inside) holds off Threefiftyseven in the stretch.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Master Spy Husbands 7.30 4.40 3.30 8 Threefiftyseven Moran 8.70 5.80 1 Giant Waters Hernandez 5.80 Winning Time: 1:42.67 $2 Exacta 5-8 28.25 $2 Trifecta 5-8-1 426.60 $2 Superfecta 5-8-1-7 3,009.20Results Chart
Left: Master Spy in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Patrick Husbands said, "The riders saw the first two races run on the turf today that the winners came from behind so I was telling myself, I hope the other riders stick with that plan and I can get an easy lead. Itís amazing to see that every time I leave the gate, he was relaxed. He was never rank at all. It showed me that if anybody wonít leave today, I didnít mind."
Right: Master Spy heads back to the barn.
Left: Master Spy walks over before the race. Patrick Husbands has won the Cup and Saucer a record 6 times, and trainer Mark Casse has 5 wins.
Right: Master Spy in the post parade.
Left: Second place finisher Threefiftyseven returns after the race. He improved his record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds, earning $105,400 for owner-trainer and breeder Barbara Minshall.
Right: Third place finisher Giant Waters in the post parade. The Daniel Vella trainee improved his record to 2 seconds and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $38,509 for owner-breeder Track West Racing Inc.
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