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TORONTO, ON – Not So Quiet, with Rafael Hernandez aboard, rallied along the rail to notch his second straight Vice Regent Stakes score Saturday at Woodbine.
The 6-year-old son of Silent Name, bred and owned by Heste Sport Inc., came into the $150,000 5-furlong inner turf race off a third-place effort in the Vigil Stakes (G3) on August 1 at Woodbine.
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Sent off as the 7/5 choice, Not So Quiet, trained by Mark Casse, was shuffled back at the outset and sat sixth as longshots Rockcrest and Alacritous took the field through an opening 1/4-mile timed in :21.72.
Rockcrest, longest shot on the board at 44/1, was still calling the shots as the field straightened for home, while Hernandez looked for room to take aim at the leader, eventually finding a seam along the inside.
At the wire, Not So Quiet was a 1 1/2-length winner, with a game Rockcrest taking second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of City Boy.
“The plan was to be close to the pace because with 5/8, you have to be on the engine,” said Hernandez, who teamed with Casse earlier on the card to take the Seagram Cup aboard Tap It to Win. “But the horse next to me (City Boy), he was acting a little weird (in the gate) and then my horse started to get nervous. They opened the gate and he came out a little bit slowly from what we wanted to do, but we came up with Plan B, and then everything came out good.”
The final time over firm going was :56.25.
“He’s great,” said Hernandez. “He’s a racehorse anywhere you want to put him. You ask him what to do and he’ll do it.”
It was a return to winning form for Not So Quiet, who rhymed off 2 straight scores to complete his 2020 campaign, taking the Vice Regent on October 4 and the Overskate Stakes on October 31.
The gelding, who broke his maiden first time out on July 18, 2018, now sports a mark of 7-0-2 from 15 starts.
Not So Quiet paid $5 for today’s win.
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