The Lemon Drop Kid
filly cruised past runner-up Ice Festival
en route to a 1 1/2-length triumph, taking the race for Canadian-bred fillies as the 6-5 favorite. Pacesetter Pengally Bay
was just a head back in third.
With Patrick Husbands riding for trainer Mark Casse, Season Ticket covered 1 1/4 miles under a hand ride in 2:03.01 on firm turf. She has a 3-2-1 record from nine career starts.
Husbands saved ground from fifth on the rail in the early running, while Pengally Bay set fractions of :25.77, :50.44, and 1:14.95 through six furlongs under mild pressure from Ice Festival. Brooklynsway
stalked the pacesetters from fourth position down the backstretch and moved closer to contention through the final turn.
Season Ticket stayed on the rail through the turn, before angling outside of Brooklynsway for the stretch run, gathering momentum, and then bursting clear of the field.
"She's a classy little filly and I was very high on her going into to this race. Her last breeze was unbelievable," said Husbands. "The rails are pretty far out, and there were some decent fillies in there I needed to keep my eyes on. I had a perfect trip."
Bred in Ontario by Sean Fitzhenry, Season Ticket proved her turf talents as a 2-year-old last December at Gulfstream Park
, graduating in a mile maiden allowance at first asking. She was third behind Academic
in the Woodbine Oaks, the first jewel in the classic series for Canadian-bred fillies, and in her most recent start, was second in the Ontario Damsel Stakes July 18.
Brooklynsway, winner of the Bison City Stakes, the second jewel, finished seventh in the Wonder Where.
Under equal weights of 121 pounds, Season Ticket returned $5.80, $3.40, and $2.60, while Ice Festival paid $8.80 and $5.70. Pengally Bay brought $3.70 to show.
Season Ticket was $120,000 purchase at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale, where she was offered by Keith Lancaster's agency. Her dam is the Montjeu mare Game.