Silver Ticket Returns to Turf, Wins Toronto Cup

(from Woodbine report)
Jockey Todd Kabel recorded his Woodbine-leading twelfth stakes score of the season, guiding Sam-Son Farm's Silver Ticket to victory in the $168,600 Toronto Cup (Can-III).

It was the fourth time in the past five years the veteran rider has taken the turf event. It was also the ninth Toronto Cup crown for Sam-Son Farm.

Silver Ticket, coming off a disappointing eighth-place effort in the Queen's Plate, was in fine form over his preferred surface, pulling away in late stretch to win the Toronto Cup by 1 3/4-lengths on a "good" E.P. Taylor Turf Course in 1:47.35.

A game Bachelor Blues held for second, while Burst of Fire, also a Sam-Son Farm color-bearer, finished third.

Known as the "Ticket Master" around the Sam-Son barn of trainer Mark Frostad on the Woodbine backstretch, the speedy son of Silver Deputy let his rivals do the early leg work. Kabel kept his charge in reserve in fourth before unleashing a spirited charge on the turn.

"He was more relaxed today and sat back off the pace on his own," said Kabel, who won the Toronto Cup in 2000 with Think Red, 2001 with Strut the Stage and last year with Mobil. "Sometimes he's an anxious horse and drags you up there.

"It's always a question mark after running a mile and a quarter (Plate distance). It was a concern, but he showed today that he's bounced back from it."

Bachelor Blues, under Emile Ramsammy, took the 10-horse field through the early fractions, a quarter in :23.54, a half in :46.25, then three-quarters in 1:10.49 seconds, before urging more from his mount turning for home.

Bachelor Blues fought on valiantly in deep stretch, but Kabel and Silver Ticket wouldn't be denied.

"This is a nice horse," said Frostad of the lifetime winner of three races from six starts. "We had to give him a shot in the Plate, but I'm glad he's bounced back. He ran a great race."

The Ontario-bred, now two-for-three on the grass, picked up a purse of $101,160 to push his career bankroll to $231,860.

Silver Ticket returned $5.30, $3.50 and $2.80, combining with Bachelor Blues ($8.70, $4.70) for a $47.90 exacta. Burst of Fire ($7.40) rounded out a $295 trifecta.

(Chart, Equibase)