OCEANPORT, N.J. – WinStar Farm LLC’s Savvy Supreme made her
two-turn debut a winning one in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks presented by the
Coaching Club as Suzzona proved a much-the-best winner of the $65,000 Candy
Éclair Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
turns for the first time, Savvy Supreme – a full sister to multiple Grade 1
winner Commentator – sat just off the leading pair of My Sunshine Gal and Coco
Ecolo in the Oaks behind early fractions of :23 and :46 3/5.
Pletcher-trained daughter of Distorted Humor out of the Storm Bird mare
Outsource gained command at the top of the stretch and finished gamely to hold
off the oncoming race favorite Miss Valentine.
brief inquiry and objection by second-place-finishing jockey Joe Bravo, the
Oaks result was declared official.
“We had the
perfect trip,” said winning rider Elvis Trujillo. “I was able to sit just off the speed
duel. She shied away from the left hand
whip, so I switched over to the right down the stretch. She was impressive today. There was no way that other horse [Miss
Valentine] was going to catch her.”
Supreme returned $17, $7.60, $5.20 as the XXX-choice in the field of 11
3-year-old fillies. Miss Valentine
checked in 1 ¾ lengths behind and paid $3.60 and $2.80. The winning exacta returned $55. It was another 3 ¼ lengths back to
Withgreatpleasure in third.
time for the 1 1/16 miles run over a fast main track was 1:43 1/5.
win, Savvy Supreme increased her career earnings to $177,525. She has now won three of six lifetime starts.
Candy Éclair, the Benjamin Feliciano Jr.-trained Suzzona came with a wide run
before powering past pacesetter Out Post in the stretch, stopping the timer in
1:02 flat for 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf.
The winner returned $4.20, $3 and $2.60 across the board and topped a
$26.40 exacta. It was a length and
three-quarters back to Out Post, who paid $5 and $4.40. Silver Rock rallied for third, another neck
back, and paid $3.20.
worked out perfect,” said winning rider Julian Pimentel. “Three horses went out to the front and I was
able to sit right behind them. When it
was time for her to go, she took off.”
Éclair was the fourth win in six starts this year for Suzzona, a 7-year-old
mare by The Name’s Jimmy from the Sunny’s Halo mare Planca. She has now earned $486,885 from 43 lifetime