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2021 Cup and Saucer Stakes Results


Jockey Rafael Hernandez poses with the Cup and Saucer Stakes trophy which is actually a golden cup and saucer.
Date: 10/10/2021

One of the premier races for Canadian-foaled 2-year-olds is the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine, traditionally run on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and is considered an early prep for next year's Queen's Plate. A field of 11 went to post for this 1 1/16 mile trip around one turn of the E.P. Taylor turf course. After rain on Saturday, conditions were typical for Sunday's feature, with cloudy skies and a race-time temperature of 21 C (70 F) and the turf course rated "yielding" by the stewards, however the GoingStick reading of 9.3 falls in the "good-to-firm" range. Fast Feet was sent off as the 7-2 favorite off his debut win over the inner turf on September 18. In to challenge him included 11-2 second choice Dancin in Da'nile, a debut winner on the Tapeta track August 29 when that race was taken off the turf, and 6-1 third choice Hidden Honor, 3rd in his debut last out on September 18 on Tapeta.

God of Love passes Fast Feet in the stretch.

Jockey Kazushi Kimura sent Fast Feet to the lead and he set easy fractions of 25.53, 50.44, and 1:15.20 while pressed by 12-1 Mentoring and stalked by Dancin in D'nile. Turning for home, Fast Feet continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:41.02 but 15-2 God of Love, 9th early under Patrick Husbands after hopping at the start, came out 3 wide into the lane bumping into Hidden Honor at the 3/16, and rallied by Fast Feet at the 1/16 pole to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:47.86. It was another length back to 13-2 fourth choice Stronger Together third. There was a stewards' inquiry regarding contact between God of Love and 8th place finisher Hidden Honor but the result was not changed.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 2   God of Love        Hernandez       17.10    8.30  4.90
 8   Fast Feet          Kimura                   5.00  3.20
 7   Stronger Together  Stein                          3.80

Winning Time:  1:47.86

$2 Exacta 2-8                98.20
$2 Trifecta 2-8-8           680.90
$2 Superfecta 2-8-7-5     3,765.10
Results Chart

Left: God of Love in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Rafael Hernandez said, "I tried to get the times, tried to get closer, because I know the turf is soft and we didn't want to be stuck behind too many horses, but he refused to go early. He said, 'Nah.' He was staying back, so I said we will try to make it in one run. I put him in gear, and he gave one run, and he came flying down the lane."

Right: God of Love gets a drink during the inquiry. This is trainer Mark Casse's 6th Cup and Saucer and third straight.

Left: God of Love in the post parade. Hernandez added, "He can go on both (surfaces). He just needs to go longer. The longer he goes, the better he's going to go."

Right: God of Love heads to the winner's circle.

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Fast Feet circles during the inquiry. The Mark Casse trainee improved his record to 1 win and 1 second in 2 starts, earning $88,476 for owner-breeder Gary Barber.

Right: Third place finisher Stronger Together heads out to the track before the race. The Sid Attard trainee improved his record to 2 thirds in 2 starts, earning $29,089 for owner Spruce Park Stable.


horse racing Immediately after the Cup and Saucer, a field of 6 older fillies and mares contested the $150,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (G3) over 1 1/16 miles on Tapeta. Belle Mahone Stakes winner Skygaze was sent off as the 3-5 favorite over 4-1 second choice Crystal Glacier, 2nd in the Belle Mahone, and 6-1 third choice Afleet Katherine, 7th in the Dance Smartly (G2).

Crystal Glacier and 13-1 Juxtapose dueled for the lead through slow fractions of 25.25, 49.90, and 1:14.22 while stalked by Skygaze. Turning for home, Crystal Glacier tired as Justapose continued to lead while challenged by Skygaze. However, 9-1 Art of Almost, last early under Emma-Jayne Wilson, came out 5 wide into the stretch and rallied by at the 1/8 pole to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:43.99. It was another 1/2 length back from Skygaze to Juxtapose third.

Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Art of Almost in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson said, "I wanted to get an outside run. She can be a little quirky out of the one-hole and I was looking to position myself where I was in range, but could also work my way to the outside so that I could just get her going around the turn."

Right: Art of Almost heads back to the barn. Wilson added, "I mean, as we straightened away, you can see I moved up to them at the top of the stretch and she wasn't even quite ready in full flight yet. So, I was pretty confident when we measured up to Patrick (Husbands aboard Skygaze) there and, when I really reached for it and asked her, she gave me every she had."

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Skygaze in the post parade. The Mark Casse trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 1 second, and 3 thirds in 12 starts, earning $209,975 for owner Tracy Farmer.

Right: Third place finisher Juxtapose returns after the race. The Steve Owens trainee improved her record to 6 wins, 0 seconds, and 3 thirds in 13 starts, earning $161,137 for owners James Redekop and Stefan Ferrario.

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The horses break from the gate for the Ontario Matron Stakes.


horse racing Kicking off the Sunday stakes trio was the $150,000 Durham Cup Stakes (G3) for older horses going 1 1/16 miles. 2019 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Sir Winston was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 5 off an allowance win at Woodbine. In to challenge him included 9-5 second choice Mighty Heart, last year's Queen's Plate winner but 2nd the Seagram Cup (G3) last out, and 3-1 third choice Tap It to Win, winner of the Seagram Cup.

Jockey Rafael Hernandez sent Tap It to Win to the front first time by through fractions of 24.17 and 47.96 while pressed by 13-1 longest shot Halo Again and stalked by Mighty Heart. On the far turn Halo Again gained a short lead through 3/4 in 1:11.43. Halo Again led to midstretch but 13-2 fourth choice Special Forces, last early under Justin Stein, came out 4 wide and rallied to win by 1/2 a length over Sir Winston in 1:42.36. It was another 2 lengths back to Halo Again third. Jockeys Antonio Gallardo aboard Sir Winston and Shaun Bridgmohan aboard Halo Again both claimed foul against Justin Stein aboard Special Forces for interference in the stretch, but the claims were disallowed.

Results Chart

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Special Forces in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Justin Stein said,  "I worked him a couple times and he's a lot of horse. I was just the lucky jock to get on him. Kevin and his team have done an amazing job with him. He crushed today. He's a champ."  

Right: Special Forces walks over before the race. Winning trainer Kevin Attard said, "We had to be very patient with him, gave him the rest of (last) year off. He was one of the top older horses in 2019, got kind of disrespected today, but showed his true colors." Asked about a possible Sovereign Award he added, "This is the top handicap horse in Canada. Mic drop!"

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Sir Winston returns after the race. The Mark Casse trainee improved his record to 5 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 17 starts, earning $1,081,989 for owner-breeder Tracy Farmer.

Right: Third place finisher Halo Again in the post parade. The Steve Asmussen trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 8 starts, earning $243,370 for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing.

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The horses break from the gate for the Durham Cup.

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