Spring in the Air, a Grade One winner at two, annexed the Grade 3 Hendrie S. Saturday at Woodbine to give the 4-year-old daughter of Spring At Last her 10th stakes placing in 14 career starts. The WinStar-bred filly is top of earner of 2014 for Spring At Last, who ranks in the top 10 on this year's Third Crop Sire list.
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Spring in the Air, named Canada's champion two-year-old filly of 2012 on the back of a win in the Grade 1 Alcibiades, got away in sixth in the field of eight traveling the 6 1/2-furlongs. Bottled up behind a quartet of foes on the turn, Phil Husbands swung to the middle of the track for a clear run at the lead coming into the stretch. Getting to the front inside the final furlong, Spring in the Air covered the distance in 1:16.79.
"Today she ran a decent race," said Husbands. "When I reached the five-eighths pole, I saw four horses going head and head so the most important thing I was interested in was not to get caught behind them when they start to stop. I took her out at the five-eighths pole and watched them and she just ran them down."
With a record of 4-6-1, Spring in the Air has now earned $883,576 for owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse. The Canadian-bred filly was purchased for $130,000 out of the OBS Select Sale in March, 2012. Her dam Unbridled Run is a half-sister to Tejano Run, a five-time graded stakes winner who also ran second in the 1995 Kentucky Derby (G1).