Fox Hill Farms’ Cassatt took command soon after the start and never looked back,
coasting to a nearly four length score in the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth
Park on Saturday afternoon.
With Kerwin Clark aboard for the ride,
Cassatt stepped the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main track in 1:44 1/5 and
returned $5.40, $4.40 and $4. Aqua Regia crossed the wire second but was
disqualified to third for interference with Saintly Joan around the far turn.
Saintly Joan, who went under the wire another length and a quarter behind Aqua
Regia, completed the $109.20 exacta and paid $22 and $12.60. Aqua Regia paid
$9.80 to show with post-time favorite Ria Antonia, last year’s Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies winner, finishing fourth after a troubled
“She was very relaxed, ears up going down
the backside,” said winning trainer Larry Jones. “I thought we would be on the
lead, she was in her first race. She’s out there galloping when other horses
are running and we don’t want to take her out of her
“We might be a little too late getting her
to the Breeders’ Cup, but you never know. The Cotillion at Parx (Grade 1, Sept.
20) is a possibility and see if she can put herself in the Breeders’ Cup
picture, but we’ll see how she comes out and let her tell
A beautifully bred 3-year-old daughter of
Tapit from the Giant’s Causeway mare
Justenufftime, Cassatt has won her last three. The Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks was
her first graded victory and pushed her lifetime earnings to
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, August 10 – gates open
11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.