OCEANPORT, N.J. –
Paul C. Pompa, Jr.’s Morrow Cove dominated six other sophomore fillies as she
drew off through the lane to prevail by 4 ¾ lengths in the $75,000 Serena’s
Song Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
Trained by Todd
Pletcher, Morrow Cove covered the 1 mile 70 yards over a fast main track in
1:43:69 and returned $9.80, $3.80 and $3. Odds-on favorite Moment In Dixie
rallied from the back of the pack to complete the $24.40 exacta and paid $2.60
and $2.20. It was another three lengths
back to Ainsley, who paid $3.60 to show.
“I just sat off the
speed,” said winning jockey Paco Lopez. “She came with her run when I called on
her. She’s a talented filly and kicked away pretty easily. She had plenty left
at the end.”
Sunday’s stakes score was the first for Morrow Cove, a daughter
of Yes It’s True from the You and I mare Once Around. Bred in Kentucky by Langsem Farm, she has now won
three of her five starts and earned $104,360.
“She ran big; she’s
a nice filly,” said Anthony Sciametta, the assistant to Pletcher. “She had a
little pressure, but you could see he (Lopez) had a lot of horse. You can see
that she’s got a good turn of foot.”
The Serena’s Song,
named for the winner of the 1995 Haskell Invitational and member of Racing’s
Hall of Fame, is a prep race for the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks to be run here on
August 11 at 1 1/6 mile.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, July 20 -
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with the first race set for 12:45 p.m.