Barn Notes

Hasay Looks For Consecutive Omnibus Wins

Posted Thursday, Aug 23, 2012

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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.”

            Hasay, a 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.

            “Perhaps 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 settle.”

            While Hasay 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.

            “She doesn’t have to ship this time and that should help her,” said Acker.

            Bianco Tartufo, Blazing Honor, Martita Sangrita, Grant Park, Clare Skies Ahead, My Sweet Emily, Ms Glory Be and Magical Cat complete the field.


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