TORONTO, August 29, 2018 – Speedy Soul, a Joey Gee Thoroughbreds homebred daughter of Souper Speedy, rallied wide down the lane to capture Wednesday night’s $177,400 OLG Muskoka Stakes, presented by Ballycroy Trainer Centre, at Woodbine.
Trained by Andrew Smith, Speedy Soul was full of run down the lane to capture the 6 ½-furlong Tapeta sprint for juvenile fillies over a talented group of 14 CTHS Yearling Sale graduates.
Georgian Dancer and Silent Mistake were away quickly from the gate, but it was Ka Gee Gee who took command to mark the opening quarter in :22.80. Moksgmol rushed up to pressure Ka Gee Gee approaching the turn and were quickly joined by Silent Mistake as the trio lined up three abreast at the top of the lane following a half-mile in :46.15.
Speedy Soul, next to last under apprentice Kazushi Kimura in the early running, took dead aim at the leaders and was not to be denied an impressive four-length win in a swift 1:18.53. Preferred Guest rallied up the rail under Jerome Lermyte to earn place by a head from Silent Mistake.
“This is a very nice filly. I’m very impressed with her,” said Smith. “She’s done everything right all along and I think she’ll improve.”
Speedy Soul arrived at the Muskoka Stakes from a driving length score following a troubled trip that nearly dismounted rider Kimura in her August 10 debut.
“I don’t think it was the bug’s (Kimura) fault, two riders went to the same hole and there was a bit of a collision,” recalled Smith. “He recovered, and he rode her well and won with her. We stuck with him. He’s a good rider and he’s going to be a great rider.”
Speedy Soul banked $105,000 in victory to remain undefeated through two career starts.
She paid $15.10, $7.50 and $4.50. She combined with Preferred Guest ($19.70, $10) for an 8-9 exacta worth $246. With Silent Mistake ($4.30) third, the 8-9-14 trifecta paid $1418.60. Georgian Dancer completed the 8-9-14-13 superfecta, which returned $20,847.25 for a $1 ticket.