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Yummy With Butter, Slip Along Band, Deputy Fling Win sunday Stakes

Sunday, September 4, 2011

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Yummy With Butter, Slip Along Band and Deputy Fling all earned black-type as Monmouth Park hosted a triumvirate of stakes races on Sunday afternoon.

            In the featured $100,000 Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes, Bruno Schickedanz’s Yummy With Butter split rivals near the quarter pole and opened up at will to score by 3 ¾ lengths.

            “He’s really at the top of his game right now,” said winning trainer Yvon Belsoeur.  “There was plenty of speed in the race and we got an inside trip.  Sometimes thing don’t work out with that kind of a trip, but today things opened up perfectly.”

            Yummy With Butter, who took the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes last out, scored for the second time this year and seventh lifetime in taking the Cliff Hanger.  The 7-year-old gelding by Silvador from the Kris S. mare Sophisticatedbagel paid $5.80, $3.40 and $2.10 as the favorite in the field of six colts and geldings.  Cherokee Lord rallied to complete the $37.20 exacta and paid $7.20 and $3.60.  It was three-quarters of a length back to Sleepless Knight, who paid $2.40 to show.

            “He broke well and got us in perfect position,” said winning rider Paco Lopez.  “He was able to relax early on.  I waited to ask him and as soon as I did he just kicked home.  He did it so easily today.”

            The Cliff Hanger victory bumped Yummy With Butter’s lifetime earnings to $576,824.

            The $65,000 Junior Champion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on turf saw Slip Along Band go wire-to-wire in 1:34 2/5.

            Owned and trained by Michael Pino, Slip Along Band returned $9.20, $4.80 and $3.40 and topped a $53.60 exacta.  Mystic Mama, who finished 2 ¼ lengths behind the winner, paid $5.40 to place and $3.60 to show.  Tizfirst, left at the gate, was another length and three-quarters back in third, good for a $6.20 show mutuel.  Golden Rock, the 3-2 favorite checked in fourth.

            “She left running,” said winning jockey Kendrick Carmouche.  “Coming out of the five-furlong race at Presque Isle I knew she would show some speed.  I figured I’d try to get her to the lead since a lot of the field was maidens and I didn’t want to get stuck behind them.  I put her on the front and got away with it.”

            A filly by Bowman’s Band out of the Diesis mare Slipping, Slip Along Band is now a perfect two-for-two and has earned $62,400.

            In the $65,000 Gilded Time Stakes, Deputy Fling found room on the inside late and came bursting through to post a three-quarter length victory, stopping the timer in 1:02 2/5 for 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf.

            Ridden by Eric Camacho, Deputy Fling returned $17, $8 and $4.40.  Christiesborntorun, the 9-5 favorite in the field of eight 3-year-olds, completed the $71.40 exacta and paid $3.40 and $2.60.  It was another neck back to Tiger Cat Lilly, the lone filly in the field, who paid $4 to show.

            “Our horse has a lot of speed, but in his last race we taught him to rate,” said winning trainer A. Ferris Allen III.  “We were happy we got that one race experience into him because it set up perfect for the kind of race today.”

            Deputy Fling came into the Gilded Time fresh off a 4 ½-length score in the Bert Allen Stakes at Colonial Downs.  The gelding by Deputy Storm from the Woodman mare First Fling has now earned $96,732 for owner Magalen O. Bryant.

            Monmouth Park will host a special Labor Day card on Monday, Sept. 5.  Gates open at 11:30 a.m., with the first of 12 races set for 12:50 p.m.


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