Oceanport, N.J. – Live Oak Plantation’s Za Approval waited
patiently near the back of the pack before moving around the far turn,
splitting rivals near the eighth pole and running down Tune Me In in the final
yards of the Grade 3 $100,000 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
Christophe Clement, Za Approval covered the mile over firm turf in 1:34 2/5 and
paid $3.80, $3 and $2.80 as the odds-on choice in the field of 11 colts and
geldings. Tune Me In, who finished ¾ of
a length behind the winner, held for second, completing the $48.60 exacta and
paying $13.20 to place and $8 to show.
Bad Debt was another nose back in third and paid $10.
really cool to ride an old pro like this horse,” said winning jockey Joe
Bravo. “He just gave me the impression
that he was in control the whole time. I
was just waiting for a place to go and he did the rest.”
5-year-old gelding by Ghostzapper from the With Approval mare Win Approval, Za
Approval boosted his lifetime record to 6-3-0 from 13 starts. He has now banked $302,165 for his
continues at Monmouth
Park on Sunday – gates
open at 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.