Michael Langford’s Dunkin Bend rallied three-wide turning
for home before opening up to a length and a quarter score in the Grade 3,
$100,000 Sapling Stakes as Miss Behaviour trounced her rivals in the $100,000
Sorority Stakes, drawing away to an impressive 8 ¼ length score before a 15,726
Sunday crowd at Monmouth Park.
Steve Asmussen, Dunkin Bend covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in
1:11 4/5, and paid $4 and $2.40 as the favorite in the field of four 2-year-old
colts. Pacesetter Yes I’m Lucky
completed the $7.80 exacta and paid $2.60 to place. Run for Logistics, who had trouble shortly
after the start, checked in third with Foileen fourth.
“I saw two
horses going to the front so I settled him just off of that,” said winning
jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. “He relaxed
very nice and made a good move around the turn. We were a little wide, but when
I asked him he kicked on and held well.”
A son of Dunkirk from the
Vindication mare Misty Run, Dunkin Bend has won two of his three lifetime
starts, good for earnings of $117,000.
Sorority Stakes, the Phil Schoenthal trained Miss Behaviour moved by pacesetter
Flay Mignon heading into the turn before asserting her authority through the
lane. She returned $8.20, $3.80 and
$3.20 and topped a $23 exacta. Yes Liz
rallied for the place, paying $3.20 and $2.60.
It was another 2 ½ lengths back to Mallory Street, who paid $4.60 to show. The time for the six furlongs was 1:11 2/5.
has so much natural speed,” said winning rider Garry Cruise. “She’s just such a professional for a
2-year-old filly. A couple times she
tugged at me, asked for a little bit more and when I gave it to her she went
even faster. During the race, I was
thinking to myself, ‘could I possibly have this much horse?’ Turns out I did.”
of Jump Start from the Successful Appeal mare Successful Romance, the
Pennsylvania-bred Miss Behaviour is a perfect two-for-two, having broken her
maiden at Parx on July 22. She has
earned $87,000 for owners Cal MacWilliam and Neil Teitelbaum.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Monday, Sept. 2,
for a special Labor Day card. Gates open
11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.