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“Bern Identity” wins the Tale of the Cat @ Saratoga

Bern Identity confirmed his affinity for both Saratoga and a wet racetrack, parlaying that combination into a popular 1 1/2-length victory over Mewannarose in Friday’s $100,000 Tale of the Cat Stakes.

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Bern Identity won the Grade 2 Sanford and finished third in the Grade 2 Hopeful here as a 2-yearold in 2012. But he lost nearly his entire 3-year-old campaign and more than half of his 4-year-old season before finally returning to win an overnight stakes over a sloppy track at Monmouth Park earlier this month.

Bern Identity put his abundant speed to good use again in the six-furlong Tale of the Cat, sprinting right to the lead under Paco Lopez over a track that favored front-runners during the early stages of Friday’s card. Bern Identity set a reasonable pace, an opening quarter-mile in 22.55 seconds and a half-mile in 45.85, while stalked by Mewannarose from the outset, maintained a clear advantage when put to a vigorous hand ride by Lopez through midstretch, then was geared down a bit with the issue no longer in doubt nearing the wire.

Mewannarose proved no match for the winner but was easily second-best, finishing 6 1/2 lengths clear of Bahamian Squall. Traffic Light, Tenango, and Royal Currier completed the order of finish.

Bern Identity completed the distance in 1:10.05 over a sealed, muddy track and paid $5.40.

“We knew that he liked the mud, and a little bit of coming here is that he likes Saratoga; obviously, he won the Sanford here,” said Kelly Breen, who trains Bern Identity for owners George and Lori Hall. “He’s such a nice horse. I hope I get to showcase him to show his talents because he’s really a class act. On the plane ride home, I’m sure George and I will pick out a couple of races where he might go next.”

Prudhoe Bay wins the G3 Jersey Shore

Prudhoe Bay earned a hard-fought victory on Saturday in the Grade 3, $101,000 Jersey Shore Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Monmouth Park.

Switching back to the main track after a pair of turf efforts, Prudhoe Bay broke from the rail and engaged Debt Ceiling in a speed duel as they threw down fractions of 22.23 and 44.60.

The inside post dictated the strategy for jockey Paco Lopez, the runaway leader at the meet. “I wanted to be sitting third or fourth but being inside I couldn’t take back because I wouldn’t be able to get outside of all the horses up close,” Lopez said.

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While those two battled for the lead, Favorite Tale, the 6-5 favorite, sat an ideal stalking trip in third. Prudhoe Bay cut the corner sharply and scooted away from Debt Ceiling as Favorite Tale pounced.

But Prudhoe Bay had plenty left with Lopez urging him on. He beat Favorite Tale by three-quarters of a length, paying $12.40 to win for the fourth victory in nine starts by the Rustlewood Farms homebred son of Songandaprayer.

The time was 1:09.08 for the six furlongs on the fast track.

It was Prudhoe Bay’s third stakes win to go along with the OBS Sprint in Ocala, Fla. and the Sophomore at Tampa Bay Downs.

It was also the meet-leading fourth stakes triumph for trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. “I thought he ran fantastic,” Plesa said. “It doesn’t surprise me. He’d been training really, really well. Post position concerned me, but Paco handled it well.

“The horse has shown some flashes in the past. It seems like the light has come on recently and he showed it today.”

Plesa said the next race will likely be the Grade 3, $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx Racing on Glacken Too was third followed by Griff, Wonderfella, and Debt Ceiling.

“Souper Colossal” wins Tyro Stakes

The heavily favored Souper Colossal fended off early pressure and rolled to a 3 3/4-length victory in the off-the-turf $57,600 Tyro Stakes for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park.

Souper Colossal dominated by 3 1/2 lengths as the favorite Sunday in the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth ParkThe $350,000 yearling purchase last summer by Live Oak Plantation improved to 2 for 2 for
trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.

The colt captured his debut here in June in a very professional effort.

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He had the rail for his stakes debut and stumbled slightly at the break. He quickly recovered to find plenty of early company as Guderian, Gotcha Blessing, and Reid the News took shots at the leader.

Souper Colossal and jockey Paco Lopez cut the corner smartly and sprinted clear. Secured Position ran on well to get the place spot after launching a four-wide bid on the turn.

“I think he did everything we hoped,” Plesa said. “He did it in a nice fashion. When he left the farm,
they told me they thought he could be something special, and he would be early developing. They were right on the mark.”

The outcome certainly was no surprise. Souper Colossal was 1-9 in the first flash and drifted up to 2-5 by post time.

Lopez, the meet’s leading rider, won four more races Sunday.

The track dried throughout the afternoon. Rated sloppy at the start, it was upgraded to fast one race before the Tyro.

The time was 57.75 for the five furlongs.

Reid the News was third, followed by Gottcha Blessin, Running On Wishes, and Guderian.

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