Morrow Cove Dominates In Serena's Song

Sunday, July 15, 2012

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Paul C. Pompa, Jr.’s Morrow Cove dominated six other sophomore fillies as she drew off through the lane to prevail by 4 ¾ lengths in the $75,000 Serena’s Song Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday. 

               Trained by Todd Pletcher, Morrow Cove covered the 1 mile 70 yards over a fast main track in 1:43:69 and returned $9.80, $3.80 and $3. Odds-on favorite Moment In Dixie rallied from the back of the pack to complete the $24.40 exacta and paid $2.60 and $2.20.  It was another three lengths back to Ainsley, who paid $3.60 to show. 

               “I just sat off the speed,” said winning jockey Paco Lopez. “She came with her run when I called on her. She’s a talented filly and kicked away pretty easily. She had plenty left at the end.” 

               Sunday’s stakes score was the first for Morrow Cove, a daughter of Yes It’s True from the You and I mare Once Around. Bred in Kentucky by Langsem Farm, she has now won three of her five starts and earned $104,360. 

               “She ran big; she’s a nice filly,” said Anthony Sciametta, the assistant to Pletcher. “She had a little pressure, but you could see he (Lopez) had a lot of horse. You can see that she’s got a good turn of foot.”                

               The Serena’s Song, named for the winner of the 1995 Haskell Invitational and member of Racing’s Hall of Fame, is a prep race for the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks to be run here on August 11 at 1 1/6 mile. 

               Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, July 20 - Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with the first race set for 12:45 p.m.