Trainer Malcolm Pierce will saddle Classified Secret in Woodbine's $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes for 2-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine Saturday.
Pierce, one of Canada's top turf conditioners with37 grass winners during the 2000 and 2001 seasons, is hoping to find himself in the winner's circle with a horse who has only run once. Classified Secret finished third in a main track maiden allowance event, a race that was taken off the turf.
"He handled the dirt well but he probably handles the turf even better," said Pierce. "In that race he got left at the gate two lengths, which was unusual for him, because he usually handles everything very well. That might have just caught him a little off guard but he made a good rally in the lane. He's been working very well on the grass."
According to Pierce, Classified Secret, who is a son of 1989 Cup and Saucer winner and multiple Sovereign Award and Eclipse Award champion Sky Classic, has had some trouble getting to where he currently is.
"We have been behind the eight-ball with this colt," said Pierce. "We dealt with bucked shins and then a bout of coughing that was going around, but right now, he's very healthy. He couldn't be training any better and he's coming into the race in great shape"
As for primary competition in the race, Pierce points to Gustav Schickedanz' Mobil, American shipper Gavro, and trainer Mark Frostad's Walls of Jericho.
As for the latter, there is no wonder that Pierce is concerned. Walls of Jericho is owned by Sam-Son Farm, who has won an astounding 13 Cup and Saucer titles in the past 20 years, including victories in the last three. They won seven consecutive Cup and Saucers between 1984 and 1990.
Seventeen horses have been entered for this year's Cup and Saucer Stakes $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes, 1 1/16 mile on turf, 2-year-olds
PP – Horse – Rider – Trainer
1 – Ave Atque Vale - Gerry Olguin - John MacKenzie
2 - Mikango - Na Somsanith - James Day
3 - Peef - Robert C. Landry - Sue Leslie
4 - I Testify - Steven Bahen – Wellesley Clayton
5 - Fleet Foot Fox - Patrick Husbands - Mark Casse
6 - Slash N Bash - Simon Husbands - Sid Attard
7 - Gavro - Emile Ramsammy - Nicholas Zito
8 - Ballen Isle - Chantal Sutherland - Phillip England
9 - Raw Power - Richard Dos Ramos - Barbara Minshall
10 - Mobil - Todd Kabel - Michael Keogh
11 - Walls of Jericho - Slade Callaghan - Mark Frostad
12 - Classified Secret - Raymond Sabourin - Malcolm Pierce
13 - Just Watch Me - James McAleney - Reade Baker
14 - Frankie's Fire - Jono Jones - Rita Schnitzler
AE - Shoal Water - Jake Barton - Mark Frostad
AE - Colorful Judgement - Robert Landry - Mark Frostad
AE - Last Answer - Constant Montpellier - Michael Keogh
All carry 122 pounds.