10/09/2016 4:42PM

Golden Hawk dominates Grey Stakes

Michael Burns
Golden Hawk scores by 5 1/4 lengths under Patrick Husbands in the Grey Stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario—Golden Hawk  established himself as Woodbine’s leading  2-year-old male with an easy 5 1/4-length score in Sunday’s $153,300 Grey Stakes.

With Patrick Husbands aboard, Golden Hawk ($3.20) assumed command early on the backstretch in the 1 1/16-mile  route. He set honest fractions of 24.51 seconds, 48.60, and 1:12.85, before drawing off in the stretch to prevail in a quick final time of 1:43.38.

Kentucky shipper Han Sense outran King and His Court for second, and then survived a stewards’ inquiry to maintain that position. He was followed by Night Watchman and Preemptive Strike, who was steadied on the backstretch.

Golden Hawk, a striking son of leading sire Tapit, won his only other outing in a seven-furlong maiden special on grass.

“His last two breezes since his first race, he showed that he’s ratable,” said Husbands. “Today, I just let him run away from there. He pricked his ears, and I just had everything my way. It was a small field, and I didn’t want him to get trapped, so I just let him run away from there. He’s a nice horse.”

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The victory was the fourth in the Grade 3 Grey for Mark Casse, who trains Golden Hawk for Live Oak Plantation.