07/28/2012 4:48PM

Woodbine: Spirited Miss rallies wide to win Duchess Stakes

Michael Burns
Spirited Miss, with Patrick Husbands in the saddle, wins the Duchess Stakes. For Husbands, it was the second stakes victory of the day.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Spirited Miss closed three wide from midpack to land her first stakes Saturday at Woodbine in the $153,400 Duchess, giving owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Patrick Husbands a sweep of the stakes on the card. They also captured the Vandal with the unbeaten 2-year-old Uncaptured.

Spirited Miss ($9.70) scored by 1 3/4 lengths over 20-1 outsider Actionontwo. Katie Get Excited was another neck back in third, a nose in front of a charging Evil Kitten. Favored Man Stuff, normally a front-runner, was rated in fourth after breaking from post 1 and eventually faded to finish eighth in the nine-horse field of 3-year-old fillies.

The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:23.48.

“She’s my favorite horse in the barn from last year,” Husbands said. “I won on her first-time out, but Mark never let me ride her back again, and I was mad at him. I finally got the chance to ride her back this year, and she’s unbelievable. She’s very classy.”