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TORONTO, ON – Not So Quiet defended his $100,000 Overskate Stakes title in impressive fashion Saturday at Woodbine.
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Originally slated for 7 1/2 furlongs on the inner turf, the Ontario-sired Overskate was changed to 7 panels on the Tapeta after the Greater Toronto area saw steady rainfall on Friday evening through to Saturday.
Not So Quiet, under Rafael Hernandez, rained on everyone’s parade in the Toronto oval’s feature. Just as he did last year, the Mark Casse trainee arrived at the Overskate off a win in the Vice Regent Stakes.
It was longshot Derzkii (to the outside) and Not So Quiet who were running one-two, respectively, through an opening 1/4 of :23.02, but by the time the field of eight (Desolator was scratched) reached the 1/2-mile marker in :45.76, Not So Quiet was a head on top.
Hernandez and the 6-year-old son of Silent Name began to easily expand their lead around the turn for home. By the time the stretch drive got underway, Not So Quiet was already widening his advantage with ease and was volumes the best at the wire, winning by 3 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:21.46.
Told It All rallied to finish second, Wave Baby was third, and Derzkii was fourth.
Hernandez doled out high marks for the Heste Sport homebred who has enjoyed success at various distances and on different surfaces.
“He’s nice. Last race [Vice Regent], he impressed me on the turf. He came running down the lane. It was the most impressive race he had so far. But he can do anything… he can do turf, he can do synthetic, he can be on the lead, come from off the pace. Not matter how the race sets up for him, he finds a way to keep going.”
Not So Quiet, who paid $3.30 to win as the 3-5 second choice, is 8-0-2 from 16 career starts.
It was a big day for Casse, who won five races on the card: Similar Taste (Race 1), Ostracize (Race 2), Swot Analysis (Race 4), La Libertee (Race 5) and Not So Quiet (Race 9).
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