TORONTO, October 10, 2020 – Master Spy seized the lead in the 84th running of the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes and never looked back to secure his first stakes triumph on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.
The popular Mark Casse trainee led the field of nine gate-to-wire over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course in the 1-1/16-mile feature showcasing Canadian-bred two-year-olds.
Jockey Patrick Husbands put Master Spy on top warding off early inside pressure from second choice Credit River and setting fractions of :24 to the quarter, :48.11 to the half-mile mark and 1:12.71 to three-quarters over firm turf. Turning for home, Master Spy kept clear as Threefiftyseven launched an all-out charge in second and opened up 3-1/4 lengths down the stretch to score in 1:42.67. Giant Waters edged out Beyond My Dreams for third.
“The riders saw the first two races run on the turf today that the winners came from behind so I was telling myself, I hope the [other] riders stick with that plan and I can get an easy lead,” said Husbands after his astute front-end strategy landed him and the rising star in the winner’s circle.
“It’s amazing to see that every time I leave the gate, he was relaxed. He was never rank at all. It showed me that if anybody won’t leave today, I didn’t mind.”
Fresh off a maiden-breaking victory last month over one mile when making his E.P. Taylor turf debut, Master Spy was sent postward as the 5-2 bettors’ choice here and paid $7.30 to win.
Now two-for-four in his career, the dark bay colt, who was a runner-up in the Victoria Stakes on August 2, earned his first added-money score for owner Tracy Farmer.
Bred in Ontario by Bernard and Karen McCormack, the Silent Name-Smart Catomine colt was a $72,000 yearling sale purchase from the 2019 Keeneland September sale and now boasts more than $235,000 in purse earnings. He is a half-brother to 2017 Prince of Wales Stakes champion Cool Catomine and Wild Catomine, who defeated 2014 Horse of the Year Lexie Lou in the Fury Stakes.
Husbands has won the Cup and Saucer a record six times and Casse has campaigned five winners in the event. They have joined forces for three of their wins including victories with Star Contender in 2012 and Conquest Enforcer in 2015.