10/12/2014 4:40PM

Passion for Action cements place at top of division with Cup and Saucer win

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Michael Burns
Passion for Action romped home Sunday to a 3 3/4-length victory in the Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Passion for Action ($5.30) romped home on top by 3 3/4 lengths in Sunday’s $250,800 Cup and Saucer Stakes to establish himself as one of Woodbine’s leading 2-year-olds.

Passion for Action saved ground in mid-pack on the turn and mounted a three-wide rally before pulling away to complete 1 1/16 miles over firm turf in a quick 1:42.66.

Luis Contreras rode the Mike DePaulo-trained Passion for Action, who earned $150,000 in his first stakes score for owner-breeder Ben Hutzel.

“I had to wait [for room], but I wasn’t worried,” Contreras said. “Every time I ask this horse, he just gives me everything. He’s a small horse, but he’s got a big, big heart.”

Java’s Bourbon, an 18-1 outsider, and the 5-2 second choice Conquest Boogaloo both rallied wide to finish second and third, respectively, in the 11-horse field of Canadian-breds. Minnow Money was scratched.