– Yummy With Butter, Slip Along Band and Deputy Fling all earned black-type as Monmouth Park hosted a triumvirate of stakes
races on Sunday afternoon.
featured $100,000 Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes, Bruno Schickedanz’s Yummy With
Butter split rivals near the quarter pole and opened up at will to score by 3 ¾
really at the top of his game right now,” said winning trainer Yvon
Belsoeur. “There was plenty of speed in
the race and we got an inside trip.
Sometimes thing don’t work out with that kind of a trip, but today
things opened up perfectly.”
Butter, who took the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes last out, scored for the second
time this year and seventh lifetime in taking the Cliff Hanger. The 7-year-old gelding by Silvador from the
Kris S. mare Sophisticatedbagel paid $5.80, $3.40 and $2.10 as the favorite in
the field of six colts and geldings.
Cherokee Lord rallied to complete the $37.20 exacta and paid $7.20 and
$3.60. It was three-quarters of a length
back to Sleepless Knight, who paid $2.40 to show.
well and got us in perfect position,” said winning rider Paco Lopez. “He was able to relax early on. I waited to ask him and as soon as I did he
just kicked home. He did it so easily
Hanger victory bumped Yummy With Butter’s lifetime earnings to $576,824.
Junior Champion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on turf saw Slip Along
Band go wire-to-wire in 1:34 2/5.
Owned and trained
by Michael Pino, Slip Along Band returned $9.20, $4.80 and $3.40 and topped a
$53.60 exacta. Mystic Mama, who finished
2 ¼ lengths behind the winner, paid $5.40 to place and $3.60 to show. Tizfirst, left at the gate, was another
length and three-quarters back in third, good for a $6.20 show mutuel. Golden Rock, the 3-2 favorite checked in
running,” said winning jockey Kendrick Carmouche. “Coming out of the five-furlong race at
Presque Isle I knew she would show some speed.
I figured I’d try to get her to the lead since a lot of the field was
maidens and I didn’t want to get stuck behind them. I put her on the front and got away with it.”
A filly by
Bowman’s Band out of the Diesis mare Slipping, Slip Along Band is now a perfect
two-for-two and has earned $62,400.
$65,000 Gilded Time Stakes, Deputy Fling found room on the inside late and came
bursting through to post a three-quarter length victory, stopping the timer in
1:02 2/5 for 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf.
Eric Camacho, Deputy Fling returned $17, $8 and $4.40. Christiesborntorun, the 9-5 favorite in the
field of eight 3-year-olds, completed the $71.40 exacta and paid $3.40 and
$2.60. It was another neck back to Tiger
Cat Lilly, the lone filly in the field, who paid $4 to show.
has a lot of speed, but in his last race we taught him to rate,” said winning
trainer A. Ferris Allen III. “We were
happy we got that one race experience into him because it set up perfect for
the kind of race today.”
Fling came into the Gilded Time fresh off a 4 ½-length score in the Bert Allen
Stakes at Colonial Downs. The gelding by
Deputy Storm from the Woodman mare First Fling has now earned $96,732 for owner
Magalen O. Bryant.
Monmouth Park will host a special Labor Day card
on Monday, Sept. 5. Gates open at 11:30
a.m., with the first of 12 races set for 12:50 p.m.