10/17/2004 11:00PM

Slew's Saga wins Cup and Saucer Stakes

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Slew's Saga wins his turf debut in the $250,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Slew's Saga, a Seattle Slew colt trained by Bob Tiller, made quite a splash in his turf debut Sunday at Woodbine, taking the $250,000 in a romp.

Slew's Saga set a moderate pace in the mile and a sixteenth event for 2-year-olds. He began to draw off at the head of the stretch, and prevailed by nine and three-quarter lengths under a hand ride from Steven Bahen. The final time over a course labeled good was 1:44.14 seconds.

"Bob said to let him be happy wherever he is in the race, and to go from there," Bahen said. "He handled (the course) very well, and when I called on him, he opened up some more."

Slew's Saga ($21.70) earned $150,000 in his stakes debut for Karen and Mickey Taylor, who also owned Seattle Slew.

Kalyptic edged another longshot, Area Limits, for second in the 10-horse field of Canadian-breds. Go to the Sun, the 3-5 favorite, was a non-threatening fifth.