It was September 3, 2005 but it could just as well have been
yesterday for trainer Kelly John Breen.
“I won the
Sorority with Keeneland Kat,” he recalled. “It was one of the first stakes that
the Halls (owners George and Lori) ever won. Then I won it again for them two
years ago with Truth and Justice.”
and the Halls are back at their home track with Mr. Hall’s Opus, one of eight
2-year-old fillies who will contest the $100,000 Sorority Stakes at six
furlongs at Monmouth on Sunday. In her only time out of the gate, she won
despite catching a muddy track at Belmont
Park on May 12.
was much better than it looked on paper,” said Breen. “The track was slow that
day. After the race she ran a fever so we missed some time with her. Now she’s
ready to go and I hope we can win the Sorority for the third time.”
might have something to say about that. Owned by Alex and JoAnn Lieblong and
trained by Steve Hobby, in her only start she broke her maiden here at first
asking by a stunning 6 ¼ lengths.
it, but maybe not to win as impressively as she did,” said Hobby. “This race is
a natural step to take with her. It’s right here at our home track and going
the further distance (one-half furlong) is the logical thing to do.”
I’mclassyandsassy has been firing bullets in the mornings, Hobby said that the
speedy filly has been moving that quickly without being asked and there is
plenty more in her tank.
Lieblongs privately purchased the Kentucky-bred daughter of Master Command out
of the Relaunch mare Launch Site, they knew what they had in mind.
two of her brothers and she’s a full brother to Launch Command,” said Hobby.
“He won in New York
and was second in a stakes race and had a lot of talent, but then he got a chip
in his knee and had to be retired. We went looking for her because of him. She
is a very nice filly.”