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Berned Runs Away With Serena’s Song Stakes

May 12, 2018

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Berned overcame a slow start with an impressive middle move and even stronger stretch run to capture the $60,000 Serena’s Song Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, May 12, giving jockey Joe Bravo his third winner on the 12-race card. 

The Graham Motion-trainee, who paid $7.60, $4.20 and $2.80 as the second choice in the field of nine, cruised late over the sloppy going to win by 1¾ lengths over A Place to Shine, who returned $6.40 and $4. It was another 3½ lengths back to favored Teresa Z, who paid $2.40 to show.  The exacta came back $51.40. 

Berned, coming out of consecutive graded stakes, showed off her class and off-track breeding to win for the fourth time in 13 career starts. The 4-year-old daughter of Bernardini is now a perfect 2-for-2 over the Monmouth Park oval after stepping the mile and 70 yards in 1:42 flat on Saturday. 

Bravo called the filly “push button.”  

 “This race makes you expect a really good summer out of her,” said Bravo, who has won a record 13 Monmouth Park riding titles. 

As is her custom, Berned broke last and was still sixth after an opening half in :47.28, with Viva Vegas cutting out the early fractions while being pushed along by Miss Inclusive. Bravo asked his charge to pick it up midway through the final turn and Berned responded with a quick, decisive move. That left her perfectly positioned at the top of the stretch, where Berned got the jump on Teresa Z and then left the field in her sloppy wake. 

On a day when Bravo dominated the jockey ranks with his three winners, 12 different trainers won the 12 races. 

Live racing resumes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, May 13, with a first race post of 12:50 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.