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TORONTO, ON – Joey Gee Thoroughbreds’ homebred Speedy Soul dispatched of the blinkers and soon dispatched of her foes with a sound thumping in Saturday’s $225,000 Bison City Stakes for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine.
Breaking from post 6 under Patrick Husbands at 5/2 odds, Speedy Soul stalked from third while early leaders Bold Script and Intanga Rose dueled through fractions of :24.90, :49.47, and 1:13.23. At the top of the lane, Husbands tipped Speedy Soul out and she began reeling in the front-runners.
Speedy Soul put her nose in front with a furlong remaining, then continued to widen her lead under mild urging until crossing the wire in a final time of 1:44.51 for the 1 1/16-mile event over the fast synthetic surface. The Mark Casse trainee’s winning margin was 3 1/4 lengths.
“She wants to run all day,” Husbands said. “Last time when I rode her, the first 1/4 (mile), I couldn’t get her to relax. I begged Mark and Joey, ‘Can you please take the blinkers off?’ Today, from the time she left the gate, she was relaxed.”
Bold Script failed to hold off the winner’s charge and had to settle for second as the 6/5 favorite, with Intanga Rose finishing 3/4 of a length behind her in third. Canadian Magic necked out Razeena for fourth, while Souciologist and Lady Azalea completed the order of finish after not factoring into the real running.
Speedy Soul’s win was her third in a stakes race, having taken the Muskoka Stakes last August and the Fury Stakes on May 12. The daughter of Souper Speedy’s record now stands at 6-4-0-1 (all at Woodbine) with $299,501 earned.
“She’s getting a little better each time,” Casse said. “As Patrick said, he actually wanted the blinkers on at the beginning, then once we stretched her out, we thought she was maybe a little too eager, but she ran extremely well today. We’re proud of her.”
Speedy Soul returned $7 to win, $2.90 to place, and $2.30 to show. Bold Script brought back $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show, while Intanga Rose paid $2.60 to show.
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