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TORONTO, ON – Our Flash Drive, under Patrick Husbands, was full of run down the lane en route to an impressive win in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Woodbine.
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One of two Mark Casse trainees in the seven-horse field, Our Flash Drive broke well and was positioned second as Sweet Souper Sweet, also owned by Live Oak Plantation, grabbed the lead in the one-mile turf tilt, and took her rivals through an opening 1/4-mile in :24.42.
Sweet Souper Sweet continued to lead the proceedings after a 1/2 in :48.35 as Husbands bided his time with Our Flash Drive. Speightstown Shirl and Perseverancia followed in third and fourth, respectively, while 8/5 choice Misspell was called upon by Irad Ortiz Jr. as the field rounded the turn for home.
Husbands had Our Flash Drive rolling for the long drive home and the daughter of Ghostzapper responded in kind, separating herself from her rivals with ease while going on to a 1 1/2-length triumph in a time of 1:34.76 over firm going under humid conditions.
Seasons rallied to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Speightstown Shirl. Perseverancia was fourth.
“I breezed her on Sunday (August 15)… when I got back to the barn, my head was bigger than Woodbine,” said Husbands. “I said ‘Mark, this is a Breeders’ Cup horse.’ She just loved it [the turf].
“She’s a relaxed horse,” continued Husbands. “We had a couple of horses we worked – I was behind them about 10, 15 lengths and she was just wanting the green light. I said, ‘No baby, no baby, no baby’ and that was on Sunday. She’s the type of filly that, what you want to do, she’ll let you do. But she’s pretty savvy racing and you can decide what to do with her.”
It was fifth start and third win for the Live Oak homebred, who came into the Ontario Colleen off a an impressive victory in the Selene Stakes (G3) on July 10 at Woodbine.
Sent postward as the 3/1 second choice, Our Flash Drive returned $6.90 to win.
“She’s the type of filly that has a very serious streak in there,” said Husbands. “She doesn’t like horses running with her; she doesn’t like horses at all. I was getting out of the paddock early, and then getting to the gates she just started. And we just hope that she gets right past.”
Salty as Can Be, also trained by Casse, was scratched.
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