Morris Stable LLC’s Change of Command wore down Sleepless
Knight in the shadow of the wire to post a neck victory in the $75,000 Elkwood
Stakes at Monmouth
Park on Friday, setting a
new course record in the process.
Michael Trombetta, Change of Command sat a close-up last down the backstretch
before angling for the drive and pushing past Sleepless Knight for the victory,
going a mile on firm turf in 1:33.33 with the portable rail set out 36
feet. The previous mark was held by
Bestowed, who traveled the same distance in 1:33.64 in 2007.
Change of Command returned $12.40,
$5.40 and $2.80 and topped a $43 exacta.
Sleepless Knight paid $3.40 to place and $2.20 to show. It was another three lengths back to Tune Me
In, who paid $2.80 to show.
on him many times and even in the beginning I knew he was this kind of horse,”
said winning jockey Joe Bravo. “It’s
cool now to see him grow up and win these races. He has such a good turn of foot and he pretty
much places himself where he needs to be.
Around the 3/8ths pole I had to check a little bit, but that was just me
trying to get him to the outside. He
took care of the rest.”
6-year-old gelding by Gators N Bears from the Let’s Go Blue mare Doctor
Campbell, Change of Command has won eight of his 22 lifetime starts and has
continues at Monmouth
Park on Saturday, July 6
– gates open 11:30 a.m. with first post set for 12:50 p.m. In addition to a T-shirt giveaway to all paid
admissions on Saturday, Monmouth will boast a Jersey Shore Six carryover of
more than $111,000.