Oceanport, N.J. – Team Valor International’s Summer Soiree
took the lead around the 5/8ths pole before drawing off to an impressive 6 ½
length win in the $150,000 Boiling Springs Stakes as Check Point reported home
a 2 ¾ length winner in the $75,000 Lighthouse Stakes at Monmouth Park on
Soiree, making her first start on turf, returned $9.40, $6 and $5.20 in the
field of nine 3-year-old fillies after stepping the mile and a sixteenth over
“good” turf in 1:42 4/5. My Sunshine Gal
rallied to complete the $89 exacta and paid $10.40 and $8.20. It was a head back to Hessonite, who returned
$6 to show.
real handful around the barn in the morning,” said winning trainer H. Graham
Motion. “When I saw her move to the lead
early, I was a little worried, but I guess for no reason. I was happy to see her relax. Having sat off horses early on is going to
help her a lot down the road.”
Gabriel Saez, who’s been aboard for all 10 of Summer Soiree’s starts,
said: “I wanted to sit off a couple of
horses early on and see how she relaxes.
After the first quarter mile I put her in the clear and she wanted to go
to the front. I wasn’t going to fight
her, just let her go on with it. She’s
3 Boiling Springs victory was the second graded stakes victory for Summer
Soiree, who took the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks before going on to race in the
Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. The daughter of
War Front from the Mazel Trick mare Mazel Tov boosted her record to 4-0-3, good
for earnings of $221,680.
mile and a sixteenth Lighthouse Stakes, Richard Santulli’s Check Point
unleashed a powerful run around the far turn before drawing off to victory in
1:43 flat over the fast main track.
by Alan Goldberg, Check Point returned $11.20, $5 and $3.60 in the field of six
fillies and mares. Pacesetter Debonair
Darling completed the $120.80 exacta and paid $8.80 and $4.20. It was another length and a quarter back to
Successful Song, who paid $2.80 to show.
saved ground around the first turn and at the 3/8ths pole asked her,” said
winning rider C.H. Marquez Jr. “The
leaders started coming back to us and she just blew by them. That’s her running style and everything
worked out perfectly for her.”
Lighthouse win was the seventh in 25 starts for Check Point, a 5-year-old by
Posse from the Rahy mare Turning Point.
She has now earned $308,640 for her connections.