TORONTO, October 17 – Although he hasn’t reached the winner’s circle in his first two starts, Sam-Son Farm’s His Race to Win comes into his initial stakes appearance, Saturday’s $250,000 Cup & Saucer at Woodbine, heading in the right direction.

A two-year-old bay son of Stormy Atlantic, His Race to Win enters the 1 1/16-mile turf Cup & Saucer off a second-place finish in a one mile and 70 yard Polytrack race (originally slated for the E.P. Taylor Turf Course), on September 23.

Sent off at 7-2, the colt rallied from eighth in the 12-horse field to wind up three-quarters of a length behind Star Contender.

In his career bow on August 19, a seven-furlong turf race, His Race to Win, at 9-1, finished a determined third, two lengths behind Indiano Jones over ‘firm’ going, also from the outside post 12.

“He managed well being on the outside both times,” offered conditioner Malcolm Pierce. “I thought both were very good efforts. In his first race, he kept trying and fought hard right to the wire. In his next start, he did the very same thing. The key has been that he’s continuing to learn, continuing to develop nicely.”

Pierce liked what he saw in His Race to Win from the outset.

“He’s a big, strong, good-looking colt,” offered Pierce, seeking his first Cup & Saucer victory. “We’ve seen two good races and hopefully, he can come up with his best effort on Saturday. We’ve got $250,000 reasons to give it a shot.”

Last year’s Cup & Saucer was a disappointing result for Pierce, who was represented by mutuel favourite, Sam-Son silk-bearer Aldous Snow.

Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva, who’ll be aboard His Race to Win this weekend, broke his ankle in a fluke accident and was forced to pull up Aldous Snow early in the race.

Less drama and a milestone win would suit Pierce just fine.

“He handles the turf well and he’s been able to put in two solid efforts from post 12,” noted Pierce. “The most encouraging part of it all is that he is learning what this is all about. He’s taking another step up, but you know he’ll give it all he has.”


Post / Horse / Jockey / Trainer

1 / His Race to Win / Eurico Rosa da Silva / Malcolm Pierce
2 / Iratus Leo / Omar Moreno / John MacKenzie
3 / Drenched / Jesse Campbell / Josie Carroll
4 / Star Contender / Patrick Husbands / Mark Casse
5 / Olivier / Emma-Jayne Wilson / Reade Baker
6 / Tex / Luis Contreras / Brian Lynch
7 / Open Ice Hit / Todd Kabel / Ralph Biamonte
8 / The B’s and E’s / Alex Solis / Wesley Ward
9 / Tormenta Fiera / Justin Stein / Mike Doyle