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She’s Got You gets first U.S. win with Violet Stakes

Regally bred She’s Got You got in the win column in the U.S. as she rallied for a neck victory in the $100,000 Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, the penultimate day of the New Jersey track’s season.

British-born She’s Got You, by emerging young European sire Kingman, races as a homebred for the Glennwood Farm of John and Tanya Gunther, best known as the breeders of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. The filly is out of their unraced Lemon Drop Kid mare Without You Babe, also the dam of Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile and Godolphin Mile winner Tamarkuz, and of Without Parole, a Group 1 winner at the renowned Royal Ascot meeting who was third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile.

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She’s Got You was multiple stakes-placed in England last year before coming to Brown in the U.S. after the season. In her first stateside start, also her first outing in more than eight months, she rallied to finish third in an allowance-optional claiming race July 5 on the Belmont turf, beaten a head. That race was at a mile; she got an additional sixteenth to work with in the Violet.

She’s Got You ($5.40), who was sent away favored in the Violet, was unhurried early by Joe Bravo. She trailed the field through the opening half-mile as meanwhile, just over three lengths ahead, Valedictorian turned in that opening split of 48.22 seconds while under pressure from Story Time on her flank.

She’s Got You began advancing under her own power on the far turn, and was set down by Bravo with a four-wide run at the quarter poile. Still fourth and with about three-quarters of a length to make up in midstretch, she found a final gear to edge Altea, also trained by Brown, by a neck at the wire.

“I guess because of the layoff she was very intense and fresh,” Bravo said. “So my hardest job was to get her to turn off and relax. I know the proper turf race is to sit in the pocket and go, but they were so bundled up ahead of me and going so slow I just wanted to get her running early into the turn. Chad Brown’s training took over from there.”

She’s Got You stopped the clock in 1:42.50 for the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf.

Two lengths behind the top two, came Lucky Stride, who rallied from fifth at the quarter pole to be third.

Breen Wins First Monmouth Training Title Since 2006; Paco Lopez Top Rider, Klaravich Stables Leading Owner

Kelly Breen celebrated his return to the top of the Monmouth Park trainer standings after a 14-year absence by winning both stakes races during the final day of the Oceanport, N.J., track’s 75th season on Sunday.

The 51-year-old New Jersey native led the trainers’ race virtually from the start of the meet in claiming his third Monmouth Park training title. He was also the track’s leading trainer in 2005 and 2006.

Paco Lopez was the leading rider for the seventh time, with Klaravich Stables finishing as the leading owner.

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The Thoroughbred season in New Jersey will continue with the onset of the nine-day Meadowlands-at-Monmouth Park meet beginning Saturday, Oct. 3 (Preakness Day). After also racing Sunday, Oct. 4, the live racing schedule for the month will switch to the next three Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 24. There will also be a holiday card on Monday, Oct. 12.

The Meadowlands-at-Monmouth Park meet will feature a stakes race every live racing day, highlighted by the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes at nine furlongs on the turf on Oct. 10.

Breen, who put the finishing touches on his title-winning season with a three-victory afternoon, saw promising 2-year-old Pickin’ Time surge late for a nose victory over Dalton in the $75,000 Smoke Glacken Stakes. That was followed by a half-length score in gate-to-wire fashion by Like What I See in the $75,000 Joey P. Handicap at five furlongs on the grass.

Breen finished with 32 victories during the 36-day meet. That easily outdistanced runner-up Jose H. Delgado, who had 17 wins.

“It means a lot,” said Breen. “To think back to when I last won the title 14 years ago to today, I lost both of my parents over that time and today would have been my mom’s birthday. So it’s special. I felt like I had a little angel on my shoulder this meet.

“This is a prestigious meet. Monmouth Park is a high-end track and to be the leading trainer at a top tier track is a significant accomplishment. It means a lot to me, to my barn and to my assistants. We work hard for things like this.”

Lopez, who won his first Monmouth Park riding title in 2010, has been the track’s dominant jockey for the past decade in terms of wins. He finished with 51 victories, nine more than co-runner-up Ferrin Peterson. Joe Bravo was third with 41 winners.

Lopez’ seven titles are second all-time to Bravo’s 13.

“I’m feeling very lucky. I’ve been coming here almost every year for the past 10 years and it’s still exciting to be leading rider,” he said. “I’m doing what I can to follow Joe Bravo, but 13 titles … that’s a big number.

“I enjoy being here and it makes it even better when you have success at a place you like.”

Though based in New York, Klaravich Stables had a successful Monmouth Park meet, winning eight times from 15 starters to edge out Colts Neck Stables by one victory for leading owner honors.

Mischievous Dream splits horses to take Sorority Stakes

Mischievous Dream became a stakes winner Monday at Monmouth Park, when she shuttled through an opening between horses in the stretch to secure a half-length victory over Invincible Gal in the $100,000 Sorority. It was another half-length back in third to Tic Tic Tic Boom.

The Sorority was a mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies.

Mischievous Dream ($9.40) settled off the pace as Unrequited Love set fractions of 23.20 for the opening quarter, 48.37 for the half-mile and 1:13.22 for six furlongs. Mischievous Dream waited for room in the stretch and surged clear when the opportunity arose, covering the distance on firm turf in 1:38.98.

Joe Bravo was aboard for trainer Christophe Clement.

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Mischievous Dream is a daughter of Into Mischief. Her dam, Just Livin a Dream, is a half-sister to Presious Passion, a two-time winner of the Grade 1 United Nations at Monmouth who ran out $2.6 million.

Patricia Generazio, who raced Presious Passion, bred and owns Mischievous Dream. Mischievous Dream has now won 2 of 3 starts after winning her debut over males in July at Saratoga. For her win Monday, she earned $60,000.

Griffin to call remainder of meet

Chris Griffin will serve as announcer for the remainder of the Monmouth Park meet, the track announced Monday. He begins his duties Sept. 12.

Griffin is subbing for Monmouth announcer Frank Mirahmadi.

The Monmouth meet wraps Sept. 27. Griffin also will call the nine-date Meadowlands-at-Monmouth meet in October.

Griffin, 39, is a native of California. He has called at a number of different tracks, including Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.

Analyze It Wins Red Bank off the Shelf

Luis Cabrera didn’t hesitate when asked whether Analyze It’s impressive victory in the $152,500 Red Bank Stakes (G3T) at Monmouth Park signaled the long-awaited return for the talented 5-year-old.

“I would say after this that he is back—1:35 and change is impressive,” said Cabrera, who oversees trainer Chad Brown’s string at Monmouth.

Idle for 22 months, the multiple graded stakes winner made short work of his six rivals in scoring a sharp 1 3/4-length victory. A son of Point of Entry campaigned by William Lawrence, Analyze It was making his first start since a close third in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1T) at Churchill Downs.

The time for the mile on a firm turf course was 1:35.54.

“We weren’t concerned about the layoff the way he has been working to come back for this,” Cabrera said. “He just had a few problems, nothing serious. He has been working very good for this, so we had high expectations.”

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With jockey Joe Bravo saving ground along the rail behind dueling leaders Abiding Star and Irish Strait through an opening quarter in :24.24 and then :48.55, Analyze It was eager for room entering the final turn. Bravo found a crease coming out of the turn, and Analyze It blew past the frontrunners.

Megacity rallied for second, 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Abiding Star.

“It’s so nice when you deal with the best of the best,” Bravo said. “He came over to the track with so much professionalism, so relaxed. Just by his demeanor, you can tell he’s a good one.

“He broke alertly, and what makes him such a professional is he has been taught to turn it off and relax. … He has run against the best of the best. This was a good spot for him to come back. He should get some confidence from this.”

Now sporting a 4-3-1 mark from nine starts, Analyze It boosted his earnings to $849,400. His victories include the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3T) and 2018 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania Stakes (G3T). He was bred in Kentucky by P. Headley Bell, Nancy Bell, and NATO out of the Consolidator mare Sweet Assay. Analyze It has a 2-year-old full brother named Shirelle in training with Brown. and Sweet Assay produced a Kitten’s Joy colt in 2019. She aborted on an Oscar Performance cover this year and was bred back to the Mill Ridge stallion for 2021.

“Going forward now, that’s Chad’s decision,” Cabrera said of Analyze It’s next possible start.

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