Triple Arch Among Nine in Saturday's Grade 3 Eatontown

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Looking for her first stakes victory, Triple Arch will go for trainer Marcus Vitali in this Saturday’s Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes. The Eatontown, which will be contested for the 43rd time, has drawn a field of nine fillies and mares who will travel a mile and a sixteenth along Monmouth’s turf course.

             Triple Arch has posted four works since arriving at Monmouth Park, most recently breezing 3 furlongs in :36 2/5 on June 2 in preparation for the Eatontown.

            “I shipped her up in May and she’s really liked it here,” said Vitali. “She’s been training excellently.”

A 4-year-old filly by Arch, out of Ambling, Triple Arch finished third in each of her last two outings, the Grade 3 Galorette Handicap on Pimlico turf on May 17, and then in the slop at Parx on June 10. Vitali believes that Monmouth’s turf course will suit her well as she seeks the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse this Saturday.

            “She’s versatile but her numbers are better on the turf,” Vitali said. “I think this is a good spot for her. I think it fits her style, the distance is right, and she should be on go I hope.”

            Running in the colors of Crossed Sabres Farm, Triple Arch will face tough competition in the Eatontown. Among the competitors are graded stakes winner Lady Ten, as well as the morning line favorite Orion Moon who, at 2-1 will break from post four just outside Triple Arch.

            “She’ll be close to the pace,” said Vitali. “There’s a lot of speed in there, but I think she’ll be up in there, maybe third or fourth. I like that she’s close to the post, I think it’s a good spot for her.”

Jockey Orlando Bocachica will be in the irons aboard Triple Arch in the 11th race on Saturday’s 12-race card.