Bruno Schickedanz’s Philippis did not disappoint her backers
in the opening day feature at the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, besting her
rivals by a half-length in the $30,000 allowance/optional claiming event as the
Paco Lopez aboard, Philippis took control soon after the start before holding
off the late charges of Sea
of Laughter and Lucky
Empress, covering the mile over firm turf in 1:39 3/5. The winner returned $4, $3.20 and $2.60. Sea
of Laughter completed the
$26 exacta and paid $4.80 and $3.40. It
was another neck back to Lucky Empress, who paid $3.60 to show.
4-year-old daughter of Belong to Me from the A.P. Indy mare Nokomos, Philippis
has won five of her 11 starts this season.
racing continues at the all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet on Saturday, Oct.
12 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 2:15 p.m. Live racing will be offered on Saturdays,
Sundays and Mondays through Nov. 2, with the exception of Monday, Oct. 21,
which will be a dark day.