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Yummy With Butter Wins Again on Monmouth Turf

Favored Yummy With Butter, ridden with procession by Paco Lopez, made it consecutive grade III wins on the Monmouth Park turf with a 3 1/4-length tally in the $100,500 Cliff Hanger Stakes (VIDEO) Sept. 4.

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Well-placed along the inside while racing fourth, 19-10 pick Yummy With Butter split rivals at the quarter pole and responded to urging in the lane to take command at the eighth pole. The 7-year-old Silvador gelding kicked away from there to defeat Cherokee Lord with ease.

The runner-up drifted out on the turn for home under Julio Felix but re-rallied in the lane to edge Sleepless Knight and Angel Serpa by three-quarters of a length.

Irish-bred Sayif, as expected, set a solid pace (:22.61, :45.20, 1:08.76) before tiring to fifth.

Yvon Belsoeur took over training duties on Yummy With Butter this winter at Tampa Bay Downs for owner Bruno Schickedanz. The consistent competitor has two wins and four placings in seven starts since the switch from trainer Greg De Gannes was made. Richard Lister bred the winning dark bay in Ontario, Canada. Yummy With Butter is out of Sophisticatedbagel, by Kris S.

Yummy With Butter won the 1 1/16-mile Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth by 1 1/4 lengths July 31, wearing down Sayif once again for the victory. He improved her career record to 7-7-8 in 32 races with earnings of $576,824.

“He’s really at the top of his game right now,” Belsoeur said. “I don’t know what it is. He’s just getting it. There was plenty of speed in the race and we got an inside trip. Sometimes things don’t work out with that kind of trip, but today things opened up perfectly. We’re just taking it one step at a time for right now.”

Lopez said the trip could not have gone better.

“He broke well and got us into perfect position,” Lopez said. “He was able to relax early on. I waited to ask him and as soon as I did, he just kicked home. He did it so easily today.”

Carrying 118 pounds, Yummy With Butter paid $5.80, $3.40, and $2.10. Cherokee Lord, who had a two-race win streak snapped for trainer Charlie Livesay, returned $7.20 and $3.60. The exacta was worth $37.20. Sleepless Knight, who closed boldly from last in the field of six to loom as a danger before flattening out in the stretch, paid $2.40 to show.

Mata Keranjang ran fourth, followed by Sayif and the million-dollar earner Get Serious, who finsihed 16 lengths behind the winner. The 7-year-old multiple graded stakes winner lost for only the sixth time in 16 starts on the Monmouth lawn.

Monmouth Park: Lopez’s four-win day includes Yummy With Butter’s score in Cliff Hanger

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Yummy With Butter earned a second straight Grade 3 victory at Monmouth Park, drawing off to a 3 1/4-length win over Cherokee Lord on Sunday in the $100,500 Cliff Hanger Stakes on the turf.

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A 7-year-old gelding, Yummy With Butter has been steadily improving throughout the meet for Yvon Belsoeur, who took over the training last winter.

Yummy With Butter was 9-1 when he took the Oceanport Stakes on the Haskell Day undercard. The win price understandably dropped to $5.80 for the Cliff Hanger, the final graded stakes of the meet.

Paco Lopez, who had four winners on the card, sent Yummy With Butter between Sayif and Cherokee Lord, the dueling leaders, rounding the final turn.

Yummy With Butter, bred in Ontario, effortlessly opened up on the pack for his seventh career win in 32 starts.

“He’s really at the top of his game right now,” Belsoeur said. “I don’t know what it is. He’s just getting it. There was plenty of speed in the race and we got an inside trip. Sometimes things don’t work out with that kind of trip, but today things opened up perfectly.”

Sleepless Knight was third.

The time was 1:32.75 for the one mile on the firm course.

Gilded Time: Deputy Fling connects at 7-1

Deputy Fling withstood a bump in midstretch to pull off a 7-1 upset in the $65,000 Gilded Time Stakes for 3-year-old turf sprinters.

Forced to steady after the contact, Deputy Fling shot through an opening between rivals to get up by three quarters of a length over 9-5 favorite Christiesborntorun.

Trained in Maryland by Ferris Allen III, Deputy Fling improved to 3 for 5. The victory was the second straight for Deputy Fling following a state-bred win at Colonial Downs.

Eric Camacho was aboard as Deputy Fling covered the approximately 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.53.

Tiger Cat Lilly got third and had to be vanned off the track.

Junior Champion: Slip Along Band proves uncatchable

Slip Along Band and jockey Kendrick Carmouche led gate to wire to capture the $67,750 Junior Champion for 2-year-old fillies going one mile on the turf.

Slip Along Band is now 2 for 2 for Michael Pino as another Maryland trainer captured a Monmouth stakes.

Slip Along Band debuted at Presque Isle Downs in a five-furlong race on the synthetic strip. She was highly professional while stretching out for her turf debut.

“She’s always acted classy,” Pino said. “The first time I ran her five eighths, and I knew that wasn’t her game. She got it done, so I had a lot of confidence in her.

Slip Along Band prevailed by 2 1/4 lengths over Mystic Mama with first timer Tizfirst third.

The time was 1:34.58 as she paid $9.20 to win.

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