05/27/2012 6:11PM

Woodbine: Slow fractions help Something Extra steal Connaught Cup

Michael Burns
Something Extra provides jockey Eurico Da Silva with one of his three wins on Sunday's card in the Connaught Cup.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — The longshot Something Extra outran the other speed and kept on going to take the $154,200 Connaught Cup Stakes convincingly at Woodbine on Sunday.

The Grade 2 Connaught was the second of three winners on the card for Eurico Da Silva, who guided Something Extra through slow fractions of 23 and :45.59 seconds in the seven-furlong turf sprint. They prevailed by 2 1/2 lengths over a wide-closing Big Band Sound. Artic Fern finished third, and the favored American shipper Mutual Trust was seventh in the 11-horse field.

“He ran very hard,” said Da Silva. “He broke from the gate. He’s hard on himself. I kept talking to him, saying, relax, relax. Then, he put his ears up, had a breather, and then he ran very fast home. He ran a great race.”

Something Extra ($29.90) covered the distance in 1:20.69, and earned $90,000 for the partnership of trainer Gail Cox and John Menary.