OCEANPORT, N.J. – George and Lori Hall’s Srummdiddlyumptious popped
out of the gate on top and never looked back, posting a one length win in the
$60,000 Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
Trained by Kelly John
Breen, Srummdiddlyumptious stepped the six furlongs over a fast main track in
1:10 2/5 and paid $26.40, $10.40 and $5.60. Salad Girl, who tried to catch the
winner from the inside, completed the $114.60 exacta and paid $5.40 and $4.20.
It was another neck back to 49-1 shot Defy Gravity, who flew late to pay $10.80
“I kept her out in the
middle of the track down the backside because I think that’s the best part of
the track,” said winning jockey Chuck C. Lopez. “Around the 1/8th
pole they tried to come after me, but she dug in well. I wasn’t really
concerned when they drew along side because she’s done that before and fended
them off. She has a lot of heart.”
The Just Smashing win was
the third in five starts for Srummdiddlyumptious, a 3-year-old filly by Haskell
winner Roman Ruler from the Hennessy mare Livealifeoflove. She has now banked
$119,150 for her connections.
Live racing continues at
Park on Sunday, June 17 –
Father’s Day. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post set for 12:45