Sprint Tempest saved her best for last, rallying stoutly in the final strides under jockey Patrick Husbands to take the $200,000 OLG Muskoka Stakes, presented by Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie, for two-year-old fillies.
Spring Tempest was bred in Ontario by James A. Everatt, Janeane A. Everatt and J. Arika Everatt-Meeuse. She was sold by the Everatt’s Shannondoe Farm for $15,028 at last year’s CTHS September Yearling auction.
Tulsa took control of the proceedings, leading the 13-horse field through an opening quarter-mile in :21.86 and a half-mile in :45.35.
It was a cavalry charge as the field straightened for home, but Spring Tempest was gearing up to spring the upset, gobbling up ground on the outside to notch a 3/4-length triumph in 1:18.10.
Owens was delighted to see his young pupil graduate to the winner ranks after hooking some tough competition leading up to the Muskoka.
“She went through the ring and she was really athletic looking,” he recalled of the dark bay daughter of Spring At Last. “And we were looking for something to purchase to run in the Yearling Sales Stakes.
“Tapa Tapa Tapa is a very tough horse,” he continued, in referencing the daughter of Tapit who won the July 31 race Spring Tempest contested. “Conquest Vivi, (trainer) Mark Casse, is a great horse. She (Spring Tempest) has tried every start.”
-edited from http://www.woodbineentertainment.com