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