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Where’s Sterling makes presence felt in Iselin

Frank C. Calbrese’s WHERE’S STERLING (Northern Afleet) rallied to the lead in deep stretch and edged clear to a one-length victory in Saturday’s $252,500 Philip H. Iselin S. (G3) at Monmouth Park. The promising four-year-old colt notched his first stakes win in the process, completing 1 1/8 miles in 1:48 2/5 on the fast track with jockey Pasco Lopez, and the Nick Canani trainee paid $8.20 to win as the 3-1 second choice among eight rivals.

Paco & Where's Sterling charging to victory in Iselin (8-20-2011)

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Where’s Sterling was making his first start since a fourth in his stakes debut, the May 30 Memorial H. at Calder. The bay Kentucky-bred broke his maiden in January and also captured an entry-level allowance at Gulfstream Park. With Saturday’s $150,000 payday, he’s now earned $224,110 from an 8-3-3-0 line.

Ponzi Scheme (Sunday Break [Jpn]) showed speed at the start, leading by a length after an opening quarter-mile in :23 3/5, and Where’s Sterling was forwardly-placed in a tight group tracking the pace, racing within a couple of lengths of the front runner as the field made its way down the backstretch. The pace was moderate — half-mile in :47 3/5 and three-quarters in 1:11 2/5 — and Southern Ridge (Southern Image) moved forward from second to collar Ponzi Scheme leaving the far turn, but Where’s Sterling was also advancing three wide into the stretch.

Southern Ridge passed the mile mark with a half-length advantage in 1:35 4/5, but Where’s Sterling had momentum on the outside and wore down the game runner-up late. It was a 6 1/2-length margin back to Ponzi Scheme in third at the finish line. Cactus Charlie (Not for Love) came next in fourth and was followed by Alma d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro), 9-5 favorite Pleasant Prince (Indy King), Dueling Alex (Medaglia d’Oro) and Chirac (Sligo Bay [Ire]).

“I was expecting the early pace to be a little faster,” Canani said, “but Paco (jockey Lopez) rode the horse perfectly. He always seemed like a horse that wants to go a mile and eighth, or maybe even longer.”

Bred by Cynthia Knight, Where’s Sterling initially sold sold for $13,000 as a 2008 Keeneland September yearling before being purchased for $50,000 at the 2009 OBS April sale. He’s out of the Benny the Dip mare Twinkler, who is also the dam of a yearling filly by J Be K and a 2011 filly by Orientate. The 11-year-old mare is a half-sister to multiple champion steeplechaser Flat Top (Alleged) and multiple Irish Group 3 queen Asema (Theatrical [Ire]). This is the female family of multiple Grade 1 winner and successful broodmare Sabin (Lyphard).

Where’s Sterling Shines In Iselin

Where’s Sterling won the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park by a length over Southern Ridge. Ponzi Scheme finished third.

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Where’s Sterling, a 4-year-old son of Northern Afleet, is trained by Nick Canani and was ridden to victory by Paco Lopez.

Running time for the mile and one-eighth was 1:48.2.

Where’s Sterling returned $8.20, $4.80, and $4.00.

Where’s Sterling powers to Iselin Stakes score

by Ron Parker

Frank Calabrese’s Where’s Sterling charged three wide from off the pace under jockey Paco Lopez to post his first stakes victory in the $252,500 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (G3) on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

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Ponzi Scheme, tracked by Southern Ridge, set the pace for the first six furlongs of the 1 1/8-mile Iselin as Where’s Sterling settled alternately in fourth and fifth position. On the turn, Southern Ridge collared Ponzi Scheme to gain the advantage in early stretch but was unable to hold off the late charge of Where’s Sterling, who powered past for a one-length victory in 1:48.57 on a track rated as fast.

“I just tried to keep him relaxed early on,” Lopez said. “At the three-eighths [pole], I had him in the middle and he was able to get past that horse [Southern Ridge] late.”

Trained by Nick Canani, Where’s Sterling made his Monmouth debut in the Iselin after finishing fourth in the Memorial Day Handicap at Calder Race Course on May 30, his most recent start and his stakes debut.

“We got up here a couple of months ago, and he got a little sick,” Canani said. “So it took a little longer than expected to get him back to the races, but he raced great.”

Out of the Benny the Dip mare Twinkler, Where’s Sterling posted his third win from eight starts. The four-year-old Northern Afleet colt has bankrolled $224,110 in two seasons.

Ron Parker is a Thoroughbred Times contributing writer

Monmouth: Where’s Sterling breaks through with first stakes win in Iselin

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Where’s Sterling rallied to beat Southern Ridge by one length in the Grade 3, $252,500 Philip H. Iselin Stakes on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

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It was the first stakes victory for the 4-year-old trained by Nick Canani for owner Frank C. Calabrese.

The race unfolded with Ponzi Scheme setting a moderate pace with Southern Ridge tracking in second. Rounding the final turn, Southern Ridge took charge just as Where’s Sterling started to rev up.

They dueled briefly in the lane before Where’s Sterling and jockey Paco Lopez edged clear in the final stages.

It was the third win in eight starts for Where’s Sterling, who made his stakes debut in the previous race, finishing fourth in the Memorial Day Stakes at Calder.

“I was expecting the early pace to be a little faster, but Paco rode the horse perfectly,” Canani said. “He’s always seemed like a horse that wants to go a mile and an eighth, or maybe even longer. We got up here a couple of months ago, and he got a little sick. So it took a little longer than expected to get him back to the races, but he raced great.”

Where’s Sterling paid $8.20 to win as he ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.57 on the fast track.

Ponzi Scheme held on for third followed by Cactus Charlie; Alma d’Oro; Pleasant Prince, the 19-10 favorite; Dueling Alex and 2009 Iselin winner Chirac.

*Finale demolished the competition in the $66,100 Continental Mile for 2-year-olds on the turf.

A perfect 2 for 2 since trainer Todd Pletcher switched the Scat Daddy colt to the grass, Finale and jockey Joe Bravo rolled to a 10 ½-length romp over Channel Quest with No Play third.

The time was 1:35.24 on the firm course.

Where’s Sterling Finds Best Stride in Iselin

Frank Calabrese’s Where’s Sterling wore down Southern Ridge in mid-stretch and went on to record his first added-money win Aug. 20 in the $252,500 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) (VIDEO) at Monmouth Park.

Paco rides Where's Sterling to win the $250,000 Iselin at Monmouth (8-20-2011)

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The 4-year-old son of Northern Afleet stalked the pace under Paco Lopez, loomed a threat to Southern Ridge at the top of the lane, and finally ran by his rival nearing the sixteenth pole en route to a one-length victory. The bay colt covered 1 1/16 miles on the fast dirt in 1:48.57 for his third win in five starts this year.

Nick Canani trains Where’s Sterling, who was bred in Kentucky by Cynthia Knight. He is out of the Benny the Dip mare Twinkler.

Ponzi Scheme and Jose Valdivia Jr. set the pace in the Iselin, taking the field of eight around in splits of :23.78, :47.75, and 1:11.51 while Southern Ridge, Chirac, Where’s Sterling, and Cactus Charlie chased him. With Carlos Marquez Jr. aboard, Southern Ridge took over coming off the turn and turned for home with the lead.

He still led narrowly at the eighth-pole, but Where’s Sterling was now a major threat to his outside and when they reached the sixteenth pole he cruised by Southern Ridge and won going away. Southern Ridge was 6 1/4 lengths clear of third-place Ponzi Scheme.

“I just tried to keep him relaxed early on,” Lopez said. “At the three-eighths pole I had him in the middle and he was able to get past (Southern Ridge) late.”

Where’s Sterling was winless in three starts as 3-year-old but broke his maiden in his 2011 debut at Gulfstream Park. Two starts later he scored an entry-level allowance race over the same track and then was given a two-month break from competition before finishing fourth in the Memorial Day Handicap at Calder in his stakes debut.

“I was expecting the early pace to be a little faster,” Canani said. “But Paco rode the horse perfectly. He always seemed like a horse that wants to go a mile and eighth, or maybe even longer.”

Where’s Sterling, now with career earnings of $224,110, was a $50,000 purchase at the 2009 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. He was consigned by Mayberry Farm, agent.

Sent off as the second choice in the Iselin, the winner paid $8.20, $4.80, and $4. The exacta (3-6) returned $76.80 and the trifecta (3-6-5) was worth $157.80 for $1.
Cactus Charlie was fourth, followed by Alma d’Oro, favored Pleasant Prince, Dueling Alex, and Chirac, who won the Iselin in 2009.

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