(from Woodbine report)
Cryptograph, with Todd Kabel in the irons, rallied from just off the pace to win Saturday's $165,600 Woodbine Slots Cup (Can-III) at the Toronto oval.
For Cryptograph, who came into the 1 1/16-mile feature off a win in the Durham Cup Stakes (Can-III) on Oct. 15, it was career win number seven from 18 starts. For veteran Kabel, it was his Woodbine leading 18th stakes score on the campaign.
Sent off as the favorite, Cryptograph crossed the wire 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Niigon, the 2004 Queen's Plate champion. Powerful Touch finished third.
The final time was 1:43.96 over a "fast" main track.
Owned and bred by Pin Oak Stable and trained by Malcolm Pierce, Cryptograph, a bay son of Cryptoclearance, boosted his career earnings to $545,308 with the victory.The 4-year-old colt, known for his ability from well off the pace, was placed closer to the frontrunners through fractions of :24.31, :48.33 and 1:12.16, before the Kentucky-bred came five-wide into the stretch and swept to the lead near the furlong marker. "It looked like there was going to be a hot pace in here, but nobody really pushed the pace," said Kabel, who won his third Woodbine Slots Cup. "That put us just in behind (the pace), stalking perfectly and when I called on him, he just exploded." "I thought we'd be further back," said Pierce, who notched his first victory in the added-money race. "But when I saw him four lengths off the lead, I said they can't be going that fast." Cryptograph, who is now two for three at Woodbine, returned $4.60, $2.70 and $2.30, combining with Niigon ($3.60, $3) for a $9.40 exacta. Powerful Touch ($4.90) rounded out a $64.60 trifecta. (Chart, Equibase)