Phipps Stable’s Boisterous powered to a length and a quarter
victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes as David Melin and Laurie
Plesa’s Brave Dave dug in gamely to the wire, posting a neck win in the $60,000
John McSorley Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday before a crowd of 17,008.
dispatched the even-money favorite in the field of eight, sat behind pacesetter
Two Notch Road
early, before angling out for the drive and cruising to victory in 1:48 4/5
over a turf course rated “good.” The
winner paid $4, $2.40 and $2.20. Big
Blue Kitten rallied to complete the $10.20 exacta and paid $2.80 and
$2.80. Pacesetter Two Notch Road was another neck back in
third, good for a $10.20 show mutuel.
“I had the
absolute perfect trip all the way around there,” said Hall of Fame winning
jockey John Velazquez. “We got squeezed
around the quarter pole but once we got to the outside it was over. It’s fun to ride ones like this.”
Shug McGaughey, Boisterous is a 6-year-old horse by Distorted Humor from the
Cox’s Ridge mare Emanating. He has now
won 10 of his 24 starts, good for earnings of $937,910.
In the McSorley
Stakes, the Eddie Plesa Jr. trained Brave Dave set a pressured pace right from
the onset before holding off the late charge of Perfect Officer, stepping 5 ½
furlongs over “good” turf in 1:02 3/5.
his first time on turf, so you never really know what to expect,” said winning
jockey Elvis Trujillo. “He broke out of
the gate really fast so I figured I’d just let him do his thing. A couple of horses ran at him in the stretch,
but he dug in and gave me all he had.”
paid $14.80, $6.80 and $4.40 and topped a $68.20 exacta. Perfect Officer returned $4.20 and
$2.60. It was another ¾ of a length back
to Night Officer, who paid $4.20 to show.
3-year-old in the field of 10 colts and geldings, Brave Dave now sports a record
of 5-1-2 from 10 starts. The son of Put
It Back from the Songandaprayer mare Sing That Song has earned $300,100 for his
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, June 14 –
gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.