Waterford Stable’s Summer Front came with a flying finish to
capture the $100,000 Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park as Summer
Applause proved best in the $75,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes on the Sunday card.
Christophe Clement, Summer Front sat at the back of the pack early before
unleashing a furious stretch rally to run down pacesetter Tune Me In to win by
a length and a quarter. Sent off the
even-money favorite, Summer Front paid $4, $3.40 and $2.20 in the field of six
colts and geldings. Tune Me In completed
the $33.20 exacta and paid $10.40 and $4.20.
It was another half-length back to Howe Great, who paid $2.40 to show.
really eye opening,” said winning jockey Joe Bravo. “I saved ground the whole way and when he saw
daylight that was it. What a quick turn
of foot on this horse. I’m just so
impressed with him, to do that off the layoff.
All I can say is ‘wow’.”
4-year-old colt by War Front from the El Prado mare Rose of Summer, Summer
Front has won seven of his 13 lifetime starts, good for $531,140 in earnings.
Lady’s Secret, Campbell, Greenwood LDG, Clark and Skoda’s Summer Applause moved
three-wide for the lead around the far turn before reporting home a length and
a quarter winner as the 1-2 favorite in the field of four fillies and mares.
Chad Brown, Summer Applause stepped the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main
track in 1:45 4/5 and paid $3 and $2.10.
Royal Lahaina completed the $7.60 exacta and paid $2.80 to place. Sharp Sally checked in third with Canadian
Mistress rounding out the field.
looked like it was a pretty good confidence booster for her,” said winning
rider Joe Bravo. “I got into her around
the far turn and she just kept on going.
She was clearly the best today and I was lucky enough to be aboard.”
graded stakes winner, Summer Applause improved her lifetime record to 6-2-0
from 13 starts. The 4-year-old daughter
of Harlan’s Holiday from the Royal
Academy mare Summer Exhibition
has earned $654,906.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, Aug. 30 for
four days of racing over the Labor Day weekend.
Gates open 11:30 a.m., with first post set for 12:50 p.m. As always, the racetrack is open seven days a
week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.