Bruno Schickedanz’s Lady Samuri grabbed command right at the
start and set easy fractions early before pulling away late in the lane to
capture the $75,000 Lighthouse Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday by 8 ¼ lengths.
Yvon Belsoeur, Lady Samuri went the first quarter mile in :24 4/5 and the half
in :49 flat. After stepping six furlongs
in 1:13 1/5 she cruised under the wire in 1:45 for a mile and a sixteenth over
a fast main track. The winner returned
$20, $8.80 and $5. Successful Song, last
year’s Lighthouse Stakes winner, completed the $126.20 exacta and paid $4.60
and $3.60. It was another 7 ½ lengths
back to Withgreatpleasure, who paid $5.20 to show.
able to set easy fractions early,” said winning jockey Abel Mariano. “I was able to control the pace right from
the break. At the quarter pole she
switched leads and was gone.”
filly by First Samurai from the Instrument Landing mare Redeye Rain, Lady
Samuri sports a record of 7-2-1 from 20 career starts.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Thursday for a
special 4th of July holiday card.
Gates open 11:30 a.m., with first post set at 12:50 p.m. As always, the racetrack is open seven days a
week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.