Turf Debut Romp for Slew's Saga in Cup & Saucer

(from Woodbine report)
Karen and Mickey Taylor's homebred Slew's Saga destroyed a field of Canadian-foaled 2-year-olds Sunday at Woodbine, taking the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes by a widening 9 3/4 lengths.

Confidently handled by jockey Steven Bahen for trainer Bob Tiller, Slew's Saga made the front shortly after the start of the 1 1/16-mile contest over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course and never looked back in his awesome debut on the lawn.

When the field of 10 turned for home, the bay son of champion Seattle Slew-Belle Breesing (by Southern Halo), whom the Taylors raced with unparalleled success in the late 1970's, had increased his margin to several lengths and widened through the stretch. He flashed under the wire in 1:44.14 on a turf course listed as 'good'.

Kalyptic, a 37-1 longshot, came on late to outfinish another outsider, Area Limits, for second, while the odds-on choice, Go to the Sun, with Todd Kabel seeking a record-tying 32nd stakes win of the season, wound up fifth.

"He handled (turf) very good," Bahen said. "I wasn't worried about anybody behind me. He was going pretty easy. When I called on him, he opened up some more so I was pretty happy with that."

Tiller, the circuit's leading conditioner, said he didn't know what to expect from Slew's Saga. "Last week we were going to work him five-eighths around the turf course, but he backed up, reared up and unfortunately Stevie came off. He galloped around the turf course twice and the outrider caught him. We worked him on the dirt the next day (instead). He sure seemed to like the turf today.

"He's a dead fit horse. He came to me in great shape," continued Tiller. "I've got to be truthful. I wasn't expecting this kind of performance today, but hey, on to the Coronation."

The $250,000 Coronation Futurity, at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, is scheduled for Nov. 13.

Slew's Saga returned $21.70, $9.80 and $6.30, in picking up the winning pot of $150,000. Kalyptic paid $28.10 to place and $12 to show and combined with Slew's Saga for a $625.70 exacta. Area Limits ($12.40) completed a trifecta that was worth a hefty $5,133.90.

(Chart, Equibase)