Jockey “Jersey Joe” Bravo angled Speaking of Which out for
the drive at the top of the straight before drawing clear in the lane to
capture the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes by a length and a half as Strong
Impact went from last to first to take the $60,000 John McSorley Stakes at
Monmouth Park before a Sunday crowd of 14,341.
Moyglare Stud Farm, Speaking of Which covered the mile and an eighth over firm
turf in 1:46 1/5 and paid $9.60, $5.40 and $4.
Hangover Kid rallied along the inside to complete the $130.40 exacta and
returned $14.60 and $8.20. It was
another half-length back to Winning Cause, who paid $7.20 to show. Lochte, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 14
never factored and finished 13th.
over the race this morning with Christophe (trainer Clement),” said Bravo. “We wanted to sit close, but just off the
pace. It worked out perfectly and we
were able to sit the pocket right in behind.
In this big field, it was all about getting the trip. Turning for home, we were able to split
horses and he sure came running.”
5-year-old trained by Christophe Clement, Speaking of Which is an Irish-bred
son of Invincible Spirit. Sunday’s win
was his fifth in 14 starts and boosted his earnings to $327,918.
the day the David Jacobson trained Strong Impact went from last to first to
capture the McSorley Stakes by nearly a length, going the 5 ½ furlongs over
firm turf in 1:01 3/5.
“I tried to
get him interested early in the race, but he didn’t want to go,” said winning
jockey Paco Lopez. “After that I just
let him relax where he wanted to be and came with our run. I was really impressed with him.”
Impact paid $5.40, $3.20 and $2.80 and topped a $22.80 exacta. Jewel of a Cat, a filly taking on the boys,
was second, paying $4.80 and $4. It was
another neck back to A P Elvis, who returned $5.60 to show.
the trainer, who claimed him for $80,000 out of his last race, Strong Impact is
an 8-year-old gelding by A P Jet from the Royal Academy
mare Sherry Spinner. He sports a
lifetime record of 10-7-7 from 40 starts.