10/15/2011 5:39PM

Woodbine: Hard Not to Like beats the boys in Cup and Saucer

Michael Burns
Hard Not to Like wins the Cup and Saucer over a soft turf course.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hard Not to Like beat the boys convincingly Saturday at Woodbine in the $250,800 Cup and Saucer Stakes, a race in which two of the nine 2-year-olds were pulled over the soft turf course.

Hard Not to Like ($7) tracked the front-running Stormy Revenge on the backstretch of the mile and a sixteenth route for Canadian-breds. She hit the front late on the turn, and then drew away in the stretch to score by 4 3/4 lengths, in 1:48. Hampstead Heath was a prominent second, and Jomelo rallied for third. Dead On, Prince Raphael, and Maritimer were scratched.

Secret Consultant broke down fatally on the backstretch, and favored Aldous Snow was pulled up after trying to avoid him. Secret Consultant’s jockey, Emile Ramsammy, walked away under his own power, but Eurico Da Silva, who rode Aldous Snow, appeared to suffer an ankle injury.

Patrick Husbands rode Hard Not to Like, who earned $150,000 for Hillsbrook Farm and trainer Gail Cox.

“We’ve had a lot of rain,” said Husbands. “I’ve got to show a lot of respect to who looks after the turf at Woodbine. I never [hit] a hole - I just had a clean trip. She’s a nice filly.”