10/18/2013 10:39AM

Woodbine: Cool Faith up against males in Cup and Saucer Stakes

Michael Burns
Cool Faith, who defeated males in her debut Sept. 28, will try to do the same when she starts in Sunday's Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – A filly has won the 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer Stakes three times since 2000. Cool Faith will try to be the next one when she takes on males in Sunday’s renewal of the $250,000 turf route for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds at Woodbine.

Cool Faith, a nicely bred daughter of Pulpit trained by Paul Attard, was set to debut against fillies Sept. 21, but was a late scratch.

“When we handed her off to the pony, she slipped on the asphalt,” Attard recalled. “She had a little scrape. Luckily, she didn’t get hurt too bad. We gave her a little gallop-along a couple days later, and she was fine for the [next] race.”

Cool Faith beat males a week later in a one-mile maiden special on the lawn, after dueling three wide for the lead through slow fractions.

“Running like that first time out against the boys, we were pretty happy with her,” Attard said. “You always think they’re okay, but you’re not sure until they actually go out and do it.”

Go Bro and Matador are two promising maidens who could have a say in the outcome. They ran two-three in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes behind the brilliant My Conquestadory, who came back to take the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland.

Trainer Mike Keogh, who won the 2002 Cup and Saucer with Mobil, said he was disappointed with Go Bro’s sixth-place finish in his Aug. 18 debut on the Polytrack.

“He’d been working like a nice horse,” Keogh recalled. “He blew the break and rushed up. His second quarter was way too fast. Then, he just flattened out down the lane.”

Go Bro broke a little slowly in the Sept. 14 Summer, before mounting a wide rally to edge out Matador for second. He registered a 77 Beyer Speed Figure in the one-mile turf tilt, which was a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In qualifier.

“He ran to his works in that race,” Keogh said. “He’s worked good ever since the first time I worked him at Aiken.”

Matador made both of his starts in stakes for Mark Casse, trainer of My Conquestadory. Prior to the Summer, he wound up fourth in the six-furlong Vandal on the Polytrack.

Casse also entered Majestic Sunset, an Artie Schiller maiden colt who has yet to compete on turf.

The lone shipper in the 14-horse field is Lulu Le’ Mon, a recent maiden winner at Laurel for trainer Tony Dutrow.