Michel Tabor’s Bow Bells made a powerful move for the lead
around the far turn before reporting home a nearly five length winner of the
$60,000 Twin Lights Stakes as Besilu Stables’ Indian Spell held on by a head to
capture the $60,000 Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday before a
crowd of 12,202.
Todd Pletcher, Bow Bells covered the mile and an eighth over firm turf in 1:47
3/5 and returned $5.80, $3 and $2.60 as the second choice in the field of six
3-year-old fillies. Post-time favorite
Sense to Compete rallied to complete the $13.60 exacta and paid $3 and $2.10. It was another two lengths back to Parting
Kiss, who paid $3.20 to show. “The pace seemed like it was
pretty quick,” said winning jockey Chris DeCarlo, “so we just sat back and
bided our time. Around the turn, I asked
her to try to get first run and it worked out.
She put in a real nice run to the wire.”
of Giant’s Causeway from the Grade 1 winning
mare Marylebone, Bow Bells has won three of her four lifetime starts, good for
earnings of $91,620.
In the Miss
Woodford, Indian Spell was headed by post-time favorite Ju Ju Eyeballs, before
coming back on the inside and holding off the late surge of Fully Living to
take the stakes event in 1:12 flat for six furlongs over a fast main track.
Eddie Plesa Jr., Indian Spell returned $35.80 and $8 as the longest shot in the
four-horse field. Fully Living completed
the $104.80 exacta and paid $3.80 to place.
Ju Ju Eyeballs checked in third with Frivolity rounding out the field.
“We had the
inside post and this filly has plenty of speed so I figured we’d at least be
close,” said winning jockey Gabriel Saez.
“I just wanted to ease her around there.
In the stretch, I asked her to go and she really was game.”
3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, Indian Spell is out of the 2008 champion
3-year-old filly Proud Spell. She was
now won $75,775 for her connections.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Sunday, Sept. 1 –
gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.