She loves the grass, the distance and Monmouth Park,
so that was good enough for Graham Motion when he planned the seasonal campaign
for Team Valor’s Hasay.
“This is a
race that we had in mind for her since the beginning of the summer,” the
trainer said of Saturday’s Omnibus Stakes for fillies and mares three and up
traveling 1 3/8 miles on the turf. “We kind of exposed her at the level above
(two starts back when she was placed seventh through disqualification in the
Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont
Park in May) and figured
this was a good spot for her, hopefully.”
5-year-old mare bred in Great
Britain by Team Valor, is by Lomitas out of
the French-bred Saralea so her pedigree makes her ideally suited to the conditions.
In two trips over the Monmouth course last year, she came in second in an
optional claiming race and then was first when she finished a length in front
in the Omnibus.
the fact that they go a little quicker there and she’s able to settle (is the
difference),” said Motion. “Although last year (in the Omnibus), she took a
pretty good tug down the backside. The main thing with her is that she gets to
may be the one to beat in the field of 10, the locally-based Millenia could be
rounding into form at the right time.
“This is a
long race and we think she’ll like the added distance, especially against these
horses” said Scott Acker, the assistant to trainer David Fawkes. “Her Beyers (speed
figures) are as good as anybody else’s. She breezed really good the other day
(five furlongs in 1:01 handily) and she sure likes the turf.”
In her last
effort, Millenia was no factor in the $100,000 West Virginia President’s Cup at
Mountaineer Park, but two starts back she romped in an $60,000 optional
claiming race on the turf course here.
doesn’t have to ship this time and that should help her,” said Acker.
Tartufo, Blazing Honor, Martita Sangrita, Grant Park, Clare Skies Ahead, My
Sweet Emily, Ms Glory Be and Magical Cat complete the field.