TORONTO, June 10, 2023 – Ticker Tape Home took the early lead and then toyed with her rivals en route to top prize in the $125,000 Fury Stakes Presented by Stella Artois, Saturday at Woodbine.
After tackling some tough rivals in a pair of stakes in Florida earlier in the year, Ticker Tape Home looked right at home in her return to Woodbine, as she thoroughly dominated eight foes in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies foaled in Canada.
Under Patrick Husbands, the dark bay daughter of Medaglia d’Oro glided out of the gate and seized control in the opening jumps and held a 1 ½-length advantage after an opening quarter in :23.13. Ticker Tape Home was still running comfortably and was a half-length in front after a half-mile in :45.83 with plenty left in the tank turning for home.
At the head of the lane, it was simply a question of how much the Mark Casse trainee would win by, with the answer coming in the form of a four-length triumph in a time of 1:22.15. Elysian Field and Me and My Shadow, finished second and third, respectively, to complete the Casse trifecta.
“She was really going into this race good,” said Husbands. “She ran a tough race (an eighth in the Suncoast Stakes on February 11 at Tampa Bay Downs). Then she came back here, and I got on her about five times, and she came into this race really good.”
The Live Oak homebred, who arrived at the Fury off a seventh in the Florida Oaks (G3T) on March 11, is now 2-2-0 from eight starts.
After a second in her career bow last July at Woodbine, Ticker Tape Home took to the Saratoga turf for her next two tries, finishing eighth and fifth. She returned to the Toronto oval and proceeded to break her maiden courtesy of a 9 ¾-length win over seven furlongs on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course in October.
“She went into this race good and she’s developing as a nice filly,” praised Husbands.
For Casse, it was his seventh Fury win. The dual hall of famer teamed with Live Oak and Husbands to sweep last Saturday’s pair of graded stakes at Woodbine, the Royal North (G2T) with Our Flash Drive and the Belle Mahone (G3) with Souper Hoity Toity.
Sent off as the 8-5 choice, Ticker Tape Home returned $5.30 for the win.
Elysian Field, Me and My Shadow, Tito’s Calling, Fashionably Fab, Speed Trap, Canadiansweetheart, Anam Cara and Courtly Ro rounded out the field.
Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications / @WoodbineComms