N.J. – Mrs. Alec Head’s
Denomination came with a strong stretch rally to post a nose victory in the
$150,000 Grade 3 Violet Stakes as Ponzi Scheme wired his foes to post a three-length
win in the $75,000 Skip Away Stakes at Monmouth Park on Monday.
by Christophe Clement, Denomination covered the mile and a sixteenth over firm
turf in 1:41 4/5 and paid $4.20, $3 and $2.60 as the favorite in the field of
seven fillies and mares. Unbridled
Essence came with her run on the far outside to complete the $45.20 exacta and
returned $8.20 and $3.80. It was another
length back to La Reine Lionne, who paid $2.60 to show.
the far turn, she gave me the sensation that all she needed was a hole and she
was going to run for me,” said winning jockey Joe Bravo. “She was well within herself. I’m just really thankful for being on this
Violet victory was the second graded stakes win for Denomination this
year. In March she took the Hillsborough
at Tampa Bay Downs. From 21 lifetime
starts, Denomination has a record of 6-4-3 and earnings of $429,301.
Skip Away Stakes, Ponzi Scheme took command right out of the gate, was
challenged nearing the quarter pole by 1-9 favorite Christmas for Liam, but
kicked away in the lane to pay $25.20, $10.60 and $2.60.
was training super,” said winning conditioner Juan Serey. “I told the jockey to see what happens at the
break. We wound up in front and that was
fine. I don’t care who’s in the race,
when my horse is doing good, I know he’ll be tough.”
with Butter rallied to complete the $135.20 exacta and paid $7.20 and
$2.40. Christmas for Liam settled for
the show, good for a $2.10 mutuel.
Elvis Trujillo, Ponzi Scheme now sports a record of 6-2-5 from 23 starts and
career earnings of $178,780.
racing continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, June 3 –
gates open at 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.
As always the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from
across the country and around the globe.