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2020 Cup and Saucer Stakes Results

Jockey Patrick Husbands poses with the Cup and Saucer Stakes trophy which is actually a golden cup and saucer.
Date: 10/10/2020

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.

Jockey Patrick Husbands sent Master Spy to the lead out of the gate and he set easy fractions of 24.00, 48.11, and 1:12.71 while pressed by 17-2 Threefiftyseven and stalked by 13-2 fourth choice Dragon's Brew. Turning for home, Master Spy opened up a 1 length lead on Threefiftyseven through 1 mile in 1:36.41. Threefiftyseven could never close the gap as Master Spy pulled away late to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:42.67. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to late-running 19-2 Giant Waters third.

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     3,009.20
Results 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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