N.J. – In Monmouth Park’s two
premier events for juveniles, Brave Dave overcame a bad stumble out of the gate
to capture the Grade 3 $100,000 Sapling Stakes and Doubled closed strongly up
the rail to take the $100,000 Sorority Stakes before a crowd 15,424 on Sunday.
the 8-5 favorite in the field of six 2-year-old colts, stayed on his feet and
then made every pole a winning one as he traveled six furlongs on a fast track
in 1:10 2/5 and returned $5.40, $3.20 and $2.20. Special Jo finished three-quarters
of a length behind and paid $5.40 and $3 and completed the $23 exacta. It was
another four-and-a-half lengths back to Drum Roll, who paid $2.20 to show. “He took a really bad stumble
out of the gate, but I know this horse and how fast he is,” jockey Paco Lopez,
who rode four winners on the day. “He rebounded pretty quickly and was in front
quickly. I was just sitting and waiting, and sitting and waiting, until the
quarter pole when I asked my horse. I saw the other horse (Special Jo) coming
with his run and my horse responded nicely.”
Eddie Plesa, Jr., Brave Dave was bred in Florida
by Plesa, David Melin and Bea Oxenburg and the colt is owned by Melin and
Laurie Plesa. In notching his first stakes win, he won the second of three
starts and boosted his earnings to $91,100.
Sorority Stakes, the Cathal Lynch-trained Doubled covered the six furlongs over
a fast main track in 1:11 4/5 and paid $32.80, $6.60 and $4.20. I’mclassyandsassy, the 1-5 favorite in the
field of seven two-year-old fillies, was one-and-three-quarters lengths back in
second and returned $2.20 and $2.10. The
exacta paid $71.40. It was another three-quarter
length back to pacesetter Back to Class, who paid $6.20 to show.
“I just sat
on the rail most of the way,” said winning jockey Angel Arroyo. “There was
plenty of room for her around the turn so I just went with her. The
instructions were to just sit and come with one run and that’s what I did. She
finished up real strong.”
Shuford homebred scored her first stakes victory and second win in four starts
by taking the Sorority. She has now earned $98,550 for her connections.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with first post set
for 12:45 p.m.