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Souper Sensational Pulls Away in Glorious Song

Curlin filly is undefeated in two starts.

Souper Sensational wins the Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine

Souper Sensational wins the Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine

Michael Burns

Live Oak Plantation's 2-year-old filly Souper Sensational kept her record perfect in two starts with a stunning score Oct. 17 at Woodbine while giving Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse a record ninth score in the CA$100,000 (US$75,806) Glorious Song Stakes.

Jockey Patrick Husbands sent the 3-5 favorite to the lead through a first quarter in :22.76 in the seven-furlong main-track sprint. Heidi pressed the pacesetter to the half in :45.78 with Rocket Reload looming outside, but Souper Sensational left them all in the dust down the lane as she kicked four lengths clear to score in 1:21.84.

"She's on her game right now, and I don't want to disappoint her. I want to ride her like the best horse," Husbands said of his front-end strategy. 

Souper Sensational paid $3.20 to win. Javanica finished second as she closed along the rail from the back, and another Casse trainee, Right to Freedom, bested the late-closing Charlie's Penny for third after stalking the winner throughout. 

"I don't want to be smart, but she's one of the best so far I've got on as a 2-year-old," praised Husbands, who noted he was immediately impressed by the filly in her morning works and was aboard for her 2 1/4-length winning debut Sept. 26. "All this horse has got is 'green light.' You could do anything with her. She's just a 3-year-old in a 2-year-old body." 

Bred in Kentucky by Newtownanner Stud, the daughter of Curlin  was a $725,000 yearling purchase from the consignment of Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services at The Saratoga Sale, Fasig-Tipton's selected yearling sale in New York. She is the third foal out of the Indian Charlie mare Kateri, a half sister to grade 1 winner Tiz Miz Sue and 2018 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Bulletin. Kateri is also the dam of a Maclean's Music  yearling colt and produced a full sister to Souper Sensational this year. She was reported bred to American Pharoah  for the 2021 foaling season.

Casse and Husbands, a seven-time winner of the Glorious Song, have teamed up for five of their wins. Live Oak Plantation has won the event three times in partnership with Casse, starting with Let It Ride Mom in 2016 and Souper Charlotte in 2018.  

The victory in Saturday's featured event gave Casse his fourth win through the first eight races on the card.

Video: Glorious Song S. (BT)