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Sea Bubble And Sensational Value Set To Go For Cibelli In Colleen

Posted Friday, Aug 9, 2013

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Trainer Jane Cibelli will send two into Sunday’s $60,000 Colleen Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Both Sensational Value and Sea Bubble will make their third career starts as they sprint five furlongs over Monmouth’s turf course.

            A daughter of Zensational out of Expect Becky, Sensational Value is coming off of a win in her last race, besting the field by three lengths after sprinting five furlongs at Delaware on July 11. She will try turf for the first time in the Colleen on Sunday.

            “She’s bred for the turf,” Cibelli said. “She was very green in her first race so we tried blinkers on her and she really improved a lot.”

            Sensational Value’s stable mate Sea Bubble will also make her debut on grass in the Colleen Stakes. A 2-year-old daughter of U S Ranger out of Lovely Martha, Sea Bubble will break from the fence as she looks to bounce back from her last race, when she was beaten eight lengths by fellow Colleen entrant Pray a Novena in a maiden special weight event July 26 at Monmouth.

“You’re never too happy when you draw the rail,” said Cibelli, “but it’s a five furlong race rather than five and a half so the distance should suit her. She usually breaks well so she should be up with the leaders.”

Cibelli believes that this race is important for each of her fillies’ careers, saying that how they do in the Colleen will dictate where they run in the future.

“We’re excited to try these two on the turf,” Cibelli said. “I think you go into this race asking ‘Do they like the turf? Is that their future?’ and you see how they run and go from there.”

Cibelli’s duo will have to beat a tough pair sent out by Eddie Plesa Jr. in Pray a Novena and Flay Mignon, both of which posted very impressive performances in their debuts. The Colleen Stakes will go as race 11 on Monmouth’s 12-race Sunday card.


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