Cassatt Picture Perfect in Monmouth Oaks Romp

Saturday, August 9, 2014

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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 trip. 

            “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 game. 

            “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 us.” 

            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 $115,400. 

            Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, August 10 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.