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Unbridled Humor Spotted for $100,000 Violet Stakes

Posted Saturday, May 26, 2012

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Unbridled Humor will be looking for her first win of the year and her first graded stakes victory since last September when she goes postward in Monday’s Grade 3 $100,000 Violet Stakes. The mile and a sixteenth turf test is the first of Monmouth’s 17 graded stakes races to be contested during the meet.

            Last time out on April 7 in a grass race at the same distance at Tampa Bay Downs, Unbridled Humor rallied to miss by only a head in the $75,000 Turf Distaff for Florida-bred fillies and mares. In her prior effort, the daughter of Distorted Humor, who is owned and was bred by Live Oak Plantation, faded late going longer but still hung tough for third in the Grade 3 Hillsborough Stakes at the same track. 

            “We wanted to give her a little bit of a freshening off of her Florida campaign,” said trainer Graham Motion. “I thought she ran very well in her last race in what was more competitive than how it would look on paper. This race seems like a good fit for her.”   

            Joe Rocco, Jr., who is based here for the meet, was aboard for her last two tries and retains the mount on Monday. 

            “That’s a big plus. He knows her and all of her idiosyncrasies. He fits her and he’s riding well right now,” Motion said. 

            On Saturday, the turf course was rated soft after recent heavy rains but Motion said that should not be a factor for Unbridled Humor, who won the Grade 3 Noble Humor Stakes at Belmont in 2011, as he expects the going to be firm by Monday afternoon. 

            Unbridled Humor has drawn post three in Monday’s Violet, which has attracted eight fillies and mares. 

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