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Royal Jewely Looks To Keep Good Turf Form In Sunday's Little Silver

Posted Friday, Jul 24, 2015

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Royal Jewely looks to keep her good turf form going when she takes on nine other fillies in Sunday’s $60,000 Little Silver Stakes going a mile and a sixteenth.

            “She really has matured since coming up from Tampa,” said trainer Gerald Bennett, who conditions the horse for Michael Reynolds and Anthony Piarulli. “She has been training well over the track here at Monmouth.”

            The 3-year-old by City Place out of the Formal Dinner mare Shelia’s Outback has had her best form in her three career starts over the grass. She posts a 2-0-0 record in those starts with the latest coming in an allowance/optional claimer against older horses on July 10 when she finished fourth by less than a length after stalking the pace the entire trip.

            “She really loves running on the turf,” said Bennett. “She ran a huge effort last time after coming off a two month break.”

            Royal Jewely has worked once over the Monmouth main track since her last race. That work came on July 19 where she breezed four furlongs in :49.

            “I expect her to be sitting just off the pace again,” said Bennett. “Daniel (jockey Centeno) is back aboard her. He knows the horse very well. All systems are a go for Sunday.”
            Royal Jewely will have to take down a pair coming out of Graham Motion’s barn to take the Little Silver title - Rachel Wall and Affileo, the latter will be running her first race in the United States.

With a large amount of entries, the Little Silver has been split into two races, race eight and 10, on Sunday’s 11-race card. Royal Jewely will be running in the first of the two divisions. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with first post 12:50 p.m.


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