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Main Sequence Makes Winning U.S. Debut in Monmouth's U.N.; Itsmyluckyday Racing's Newest Millionaire With Salvator Score

Sunday, July 6, 2014

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Flaxman Holdings Ltd.’s Main Sequence ran past Twilight Eclipse inside the final sixteenth of a mile to post a neck victory in the $500,000 Grade 1 United Nations Stakes as Itsmyluckyday became racing’s newest millionaire in taking the $150,000 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on Sunday. 

Side Glance, who has run in seven countries and on four continents, set the pace of :24 4/5 for the first quarter mile and :49 for the half in the U.N.  The pacesetter reached the mile in 1:39 2/5 before Twilight Eclipse burst to the lead at the top of the straight with Main Sequence setting his sights on the leader.  Within the shadow of the wire, Main Sequence pushed past to score in his U.S. debut. 

            Main Sequence, who covered the mile and three eighths over firm turf in 2:14 1/5, returned $18, $8.60 and $5.60 and topped a $98.40 exacta.  Twilight Eclipse paid $5 and $3.80.  It was another length back to Side Glance, who paid $4.40 to show.  Kaigun, the 3-1 favorite in the field of nine, pressed the early pace, but faded to sixth in the stretch. 

“He can be quirky in the mornings, but Rajiv rode him great,” said winning trainer H. Graham Motion.  “He’s not fond of getting to the lead too early, but he showed a tremendous turn of foot.  The way he’s been working, I’ve been really anxious to run him for three or four weeks now.  I think the Breeders’ Cup is now something we can consider.” 

The United Nations is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Series with Main Sequence getting an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Turf on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. 

“When I called on him he showed a tremendous turn of foot and kept running hard all the way to the wire,” said winning jockey Rajiv Maragh.  “We just wanted to get him in a good rhythm and not worry about the pace or anything else, just keep him happy.  We came around the outside into the stretch and when I called on him he just accelerated.”            

A 5-year-old gelding by Aldebaran from the Pivotal mare Ikat, Main Sequence sports a record of 5-3-3 from 15 career starts, good for earnings of $988,386.  He was bred in Kentucky by his owner. 

            In the day’s other stakes action, Itsmyluckyday made a three-wide move for the lead before opening a daylight advantage in the lane and reporting home a geared down length and a half winner of the Grade 3 Salvator Mile. 

            Dispatched the 6-5 favorite in the field of nine, Itsmyluckyday and jockey Paco Lopez went the distance over a fast main track in 1:34 4/5 and returned $4.40, $3.40 and $2.60.  Bradester, the early pacesetter, completed the $35.40 exacta and paid $6.80 and $4.40.  It was another nose back to Valid, who paid $4.20 to show. 

            “This was another test,” said winning trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., “and he passed with an A+.  He was three-wide around the entire turn and still managed to kick away in the lane.  He kind of pulled himself up in the end. 

            “He’ll be back for the Monmouth Cup (Grade 2, $200,000, 1 1/8 miles here on July 27), barring anything unforeseen.” 

            Racing in the colors of Triology Stable and Laurie Plesa, Itsmyluckyday is a 4-year colt by Lawyer Ron from the Doneraile Court mare Viva La Slew.  The $90,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed his lifetime earnings to $1,022,600 from a record of eight wins from 17 career outings. 

            Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, July 11 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.  As always, the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe. 


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