TORONTO, October 23, 2021 – Our Secret Agent, under patient handling from Kazushi Kimura, was full of run in the late going to take Saturday’s Grade 3 $156,000 Hendrie Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong Tapeta sprint for filles and mares, three-year-olds and up, at Woodbine.
Trained by dual Hall of Famer Mark Casse for owner Gary Barber, Our Secret Agent, a four-year-old daughter of Secret Service-Avalos, was making her tenth straight start at Woodbine, and winning her first race since an allowance score last August at the Toronto oval.
The Hendrie was also the first stakes triumph for the multiple graded stakes placed chestnut.
Our Secret Agent tracked leader Toffen through an opening quarter of :22.98, while Fiduciary (GB) and Amalfi Coast also kept close watch on the pacesetter.
At the half-mile mark, reached in :45.99, Toffen held a head advantage over Our Secret Agent. By the time the field of six straightened for home, Our Secret Agent was in full flight, as multiple stakes winner Amalfi Coast came calling to her outside.
Mid-way down the lane, the race for top spot was over, with Our Secret Agent going on to notch an easy 3 ½-length win in a time of 1:15.68 over the Tapeta. Amalfi Coast dug in gamely and held second, a head in front of La Libertee.
“Today, it seemed like there were not too many closers, just the one (Amalfi Coast) from Kevin (trainer, Attard),” said Kimura. “That’s why I just stayed with him, and it was as easy win. It was a great race. I just wanted to sit second and just try and stay steady. That was pretty comfortable for her. When I came from the corner, she exploded and that was an easy win.”
Bred in Kentucky by Paul Tackett Revocable Trust, Our Secret Agent, who came into the race off a fifth-place performance in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes Presented by the Japan Racing Association, pushed her record to 3-6-4 from 14 starts.
She paid $4.50 for the win.