07/05/2015 2:34PM

Beliveau gives Husbands third straight win on card in Clarendon

Michael Burns
Patrick Husbands collects his third win of the Queen's Plate program aboard favored Beliveau in the Clarendon for 2-year-olds.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Beliveau came on strongly in the final furlong to take the $150,400 Clarendon Stakes for Ontario-bred 2-year-olds at Woodbine on Sunday.

Beliveau ($3.40) was the third straight winner on the card for Patrick Husbands, who had the gelding in an early stalking position before putting him into a drive midway on the turn of the 5 1/2-furlong dash.

Beliveau rallied between rivals to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths over the debuting 45-1 shot Ruth Less Blue. Neil’s Diamond, another long-priced first-timer, ran third in the nine-horse field. The final time was 1:04.36.

The Mark Casse-trained Beliveau earned $90,000 in his first stakes score for the partnership of Windways Farm, East West Stables, and Mike Ambler.

“We gelded him early on, and it’s made a huge difference,” said Casse. “We thought he was a decent horse, but I have to tell you, he’s surprised us. I was a little nervous at the top of the lane, but he showed his true grit.”