Monday, October 27, 2008
Utterly Cool wins Cup & Saucer with chilling ease
TORONTO, October 26 - Utterly Cool turned the $252,800 Cup and Saucer Stakes into a one-horse show, Sunday at Woodbine.
The two-year-old was the first of two Sid Attard-trained Ontario-breds to record added-money victories on the card, which also featured the Labeeb Stakes.
A gelded son of Smoke Glacken, Utterly Cool won the 72nd edition of the Cup & Saucer by 10 1/4 lengths, traveling 1 1/16 miles in a spiffy 1:44.62 over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course's yielding terrain.
Fourth early, the Jim Dandy Stable homebred accelerated beautifully on the turn and cantered into the stretch, in front by 2 1/2 lengths.
Jockey Patrick Husbands asked him to increase his lead inside the eighth pole and the grey colt responded, widening his advantage with sheer ease. Husbands said he didn't ask the talented colt for his best.
"I just wanted to make sure nobody caught me in my blind spot," said Husbands. "I was just a passenger."
The Cup & Saucer victory was the first added-money tally for Utterly Cool, who is now 3-for-4 in his career. His lone defeat came in the Grade 3 Summer Stakes, in which he was fourth on Oct. 4.
"He went into the race really good," said Attard. "We don't know what happened in his last race (Summer Stakes). It was just one of those things. We scoped him after the race. He was fine. I was a little worried when it started to rain a bit. He handled (the turf) okay today."
Utterly Cool returned $4.30, $3.50 and $2.90, combining with Silver Rocket ($8.20, $6) for a $40.70 exactor. Collerosa ($4.90) completed a triactor worth $324.90.
'Just' in time in Labeeb
TORONTO, October 26 - Just Rushing closed strongly on the inside to claim victory in the $111,200 Labeeb Stakes.
The Sid Attard trainee collared Ice Bear two jumps from the finish line, recording a neck score over Ice Bear, under Emma-Jayne Wilson. Shadowless was third.
Just Rushing completed the one-mile turf event, over 'yielding' terrain, in 1:37.83.
A seven-year-old gelding owned by Tucci Stables, Just Rushing broke a touch slow from post one, but quickly advanced on the inside to contest the lead.
Heading into the turn, the son of Wild Rush dropped back while third-place finisher Shadowless engaged front-running Ice Bear. By the quarter-pole, the Play the King winner was two lengths off the pace and under a furious Wilson drive to get back into the hunt.
After a stretch-long drive, Just Rushing put his nose in front late to garner his 14th lifetime victory from 31 starts. The tally increased his earnings to $958,019.
Just Rushing, who was third in the Woodbine Mile, returned $7.20, $4 and $2.90, combining with Ice Bear ($3.60, $2.80) for a $26.90 exactor. Shadowless ($5.20) rounded out a triactor worth $144.40. Fourth-place finisher French Beret completed a $1 superfecta worth $276.40.
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