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Ward’s Irish-bred filly Her World crushes the field in the $200K Tyro at Monmouth

OCEANPORT, N.J.—Wesley Ward’s Her World was much the best winning the $100,000 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park. The Irish-bred filly earned Black Type with her first start and stakes win.

Showing good speed outside to clear the field, she set the pace, shook free on the turn, drifted off the inside and pulled away in hand. Trust Our Journey chased between rivals early, chased inside on the turn and rallied on the rail in the lane. Roman Poet was reluctant to load, raced off the pace inside, drifted out near the quarter pole interfering with Vodka N Water, then rallied for third. Baytown Warrior chased inside, steadied entering the turn, rode the rail into the stretch and finished evenly.

Catch the Smoke was outrun early and closed belatedly in the three path. Baytown Frosty chased close three wide and tired. Forty Stripes was off slowly and outrun.

Under astute jockey Paco Lopez the daughter of Caravaggio out of Mundus Novus, by Unbridled’s Song lead gate-to-wire to win by 6 lengths. The 2-year-old filly won the five-furlong race on a firm turf track in a time of :56.62.

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“She is obviously a very nice filly. Wesley told me she’s the best filly he has now and maybe for many, many years at this stage of her career. She broke on top and was looking around a little, maybe trying to figure things out (in her first career start). She was very professional. I used her to get to the top right away because Wesley Ward told me she had that kind of speed. Sometimes you want to get out there second or third and relax but she wanted to go.

“I looked behind after a while for the other horses but no one was running at us. She was flying in the stretch. You have to be special to do something like this in your first start, a stakes race and a filly against boys. But Wesley was very confident. He told me he loves this filly and wants to take her to the Breeders’ Cup. Now that I have ridden her I know she can do it,” Lopez explained.

The gray filly was bred by Lynch Bages Ltd & Rhinestone B/Stock and is campaigned by Andrew Farm, Susan Molton, For The People Racing Stable LLC, and Windmill Manor Farm.

“Personally I was nervous going into the race, but I will tell you what, Wesley Ward had a lot of confidence in the horse and that’s why she ended up in this race against the boys. It’s not up to me, but there have been conversations about running her the first weekend at Keeneland. My ownership partnership is with Charlie O’Connor and John Morgan. After today, I would definitely tell you this is one of, if not my favorite horse, we own right now. I am thrilled with what I saw,” co-owner Dick Brodie of Andrew Farm excitedly remarked.

Conditioner Ward commented: “We’re excited, she did exactly what we thought she would. We don’t have to change much after watching that race moving forward. We’re going to bring her next to Keeneland, and then we plan on bringing her to the Breeders’ Cup. With what she showed today winning in a stakes race against colts who had experience, it’s encouraging. We’re going to skip right along and continue from this. I look forward to her next couple of starts but I also look forward to her being a three-year-old, and I think (co-owner) Dick Brodie and the rest of the owners have a special one with her.”

Her World paid $3.80, $3.20 and $3.00 for the win., Trust Our Journey paid $6.80, 4.80 for second and Baytown Warrior paid $10.80 for show. The WINNING EXACTA paid $28.60.

Catch the Smoke, Baytown Frosty, Forty Stripes, Vodka N Water complete the order of finish. A Dangerous Guy and Chi Town Lady Trainer scratches.

Vodka N Water raced off the rail, off the pace, clipped the heels of Roman Poet, stumbled and fell, then walked off. After a Stewards’ Inquiry into the incident, Roman Poet, was disqualified from third and placed last for interfering with Vodka N Water.

Founder Willing Winner In Tale Of The Cat

OCEANPORT, NJ – Jeff Drown and Don Rachel’s Founder overcame steadying hard at the start and rallied from the rear to prove a willing winner of Saturday’s $100,000 Tale Of The Cat Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Paco Lopez, Founder won the 1 1/16-mile firm turf route by 1 1/4 lengths as the even-money favorite in the field of seven 3-year-olds.

Pacesetter It Can Be Done took second over Hot Blooded, while Eamonn headed It’s a Gamble for fourth.

King of Dreams and Fifty Sheas Ofgrey completed the order of finish.

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“I was trying to stay closer than I was because there was a lot of speed and I didn’t want to be too far back on this grass course,” Lopez said. “I was a little surprised at (It Can Be Done) and the speed of the race, but I knew my horse had a lot left and I waited to make my move when there was enough room. It was my first time riding the horse, and I know riding for Chad Brown, he likes to come from off the pace, so I wanted to wait as long as I could and the horse had a lot left to make the last run.”

Doubleoseven and Main Track Only entry Spun and Won scratched.

Founder’s win, his first in a stakes, improved his record to 7-2-1-1 with $139,522 earned. Drown and Rachel purchased the Upstart colt for $600,000 as an unraced juvenile.

“He’s not much on speed, but he has a good kick at the end,” said assistant trainer Luis Cabrera. “All Chad said before the race is to make sure he warms up good because he has plenty of ability.”

Founder returned $4.20 to win, $3 to place, and 42.60 to show. It Can Be Done brought back $4.40 to place and $3.20 to show. Hot Blooded paid $6.40 to show.

Princess Grace returns from eight-month layoff to win the Grade 3 Penny Memorial

Princess Grace got her 4-year-old season off to a rousing start Tuesday when she battled Madita for a neck win in the Grade 3, $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx Racing. It was another two lengths back in third to Platinum Paynter.

The Penny Memorial was a mile and a sixteenth turf race for fillies and mares. There were four scratches: Honey Cake, Quiet Company, Secret Time, and Sunset Kisses.

Princess Grace ($4) was making her first start since last November, when she won the off-the-turf Mrs. Revere, a Grade 2 at Churchill Downs. She was content to settle in fourth on Tuesday, as Glamorous Thunder jumped out to a clear lead and took the field through fractions of 23.22 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.67 for the half-mile, and 1:11.63 for six furlongs.

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Princess Grace rode the rail, was angled just off the fence into the stretch, and after coming between rivals pushed past a stubborn Madita in a lively battle. The winner covered the distance on firm ground in a strong 1:41.18.

Joe Bravo was aboard Princess Grace for trainer Michael Stidham.

M and M Stable owns Princess Grace, who was winning the second stakes of her career. She is now 4 for 5 in her career and 3 for 4 on the grass. Princess Grace picked up $115,200 for the win Tuesday to improve her career earnings to $320,460. She is a daughter of Karakontie. ​

Yes This Time Sneaks Up On Like The King To Take Kent Stakes

Riding the rail under Joe Bravo, Yes This Time went from last on the final turn to first in the final furlong of the 1 1/8-mile Grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park in Wilmington, Del. The soft turf and a stubborn front running Like the King were no trouble for the son of Not This Time, who earns his fifth win of six starts in 2021.

After an even start, Like the King took an easy length-and-a-half lead over Be Here and Eamonn, with Wootton Asset in fourth. The pace was slow, Like the King cruising through fractions of :25.63 for the first quarter and :51.21 for the first half. He maintained that easy lead, controlling the pace through the first mile. Into the stretch, Like the King held on to the lead, unwilling to give it up as Bravo and Yes This Time snuck up on the rail to challenge. Like the King tried to hold on, but Yest This Time was able to pass him in the final strides to win by a length in a slow 1:52.39 on soft turf.

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Wootton Asset, Doubleoseven, Eamonn, and Be Here rounded out the field of six in the G3 Kent Stakes.

“I was concerned about the pace,” said winning trainer Kelly Breen. “Honestly, the leader (Like the King) got out there and went a half in :51 and three-quarters in 1:16 and two races before, they did not go that slow. I was concerned about being towards the back early, but the rail opened up and he came running. We are schooling him for the Kentucky Downs race (Dueling Grounds Derby – Sept 5) by getting him used to going up and down the hills and being able to rate. He is a pretty neat horse with a lot of guts. He is a nice horse to train and he is pretty cool. Other than his first race, everything has been basically win pictures. He is a pretty nice horse.”

Yes This Time paid $4.20, $2.60, and $2.10. Like the King paid $3.80 and $2.60. Third-place Wootton Asset paid $3.40 to show.

Yes This Time is a 3-year-old colt from the first crop of Taylor Made stallion Not This Time. Bred by Barry Golden, he is out of the Smart Strike mare Smart Jilly. He is owned by Edge Racing and trained by Kelly Breen. His win in the Kent Stakes marks his sixth win in eight lifetime starts for earnings of $201,825.

Vigilantes Way Finds Path To Winner’s Circle In Eatontown At Monmouth Park

Even after 11 career starts, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey has been saying that the best is yet to come for Vigilantes Way.

Sunday’s Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. may be the start of that for the 4-year-old filly.

Perfectly positioned to chase soft early fractions by jockey Paco Lopez despite leaving from post position 12, Vigilantes Way showed an impressive closing kick to win the $150,000 G3 Eatontown Stakes by 2¼ lengths before a season-high crowd of 12,562 on Father’s Day.

It marked the first graded stakes victory for the Phipps Stable homebred, a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of Salute by Unbridled.

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“I thought Paco rode a good race,” said McGaughey. “He got her away from there from the outside and had her in good position. I knew she would finish. She had trained very well before she went down there. It was just a matter of whether she would take the shipping on a hot day like today. She obviously did. I’m very proud of her.”

Able to break alertly with Vigilantes Way, Lopez sat behind pacesetter Valletta through tepid fractions of :24.54, :48.70, 1:12.12, and 1:35.87 for the opening mile of the mile and a sixteenth race on a turf course that has been playing fast. Lopez asked his filly coming out of the final turn, and she responded in a big way, easily surging past Valletta, who held on for second. Crystal Cliffs and Counterparty Risk finished in a dead heat for third, another half-length back, in the full field of 12 fillies and mares 3 years old and up.

The winning time for the race was 1:41.90.

“Sometimes this horse has speed, sometimes not,” said Lopez. “The post position (12) is something I usually don’t like but today it worked to our advantage. I was able to get out there and get in a good position behind (Valletta). It set up nicely for us.

“Shug told me to do whatever I felt I needed to do. She is usually in the top three early and I knew she would finish. She has a strong kick. It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race but they went kind of slow so I was happy with the position I was in throughout the race. I didn’t have to make up a lot of ground.”

McGaughey was especially encouraged by Vigilantes Way’s prospects for the Eatontown Stakes off her last race, when she closed into slow fractions on the Preakness Day undercard at Pimlico, falling a half-length short to multiple-graded stakes winner Mean Mary.

“I thought her last race in Pimlico was a really good race because she kind of got jumbled up at the start and got out of position,” said McGaughey. “She only got beat a half-length by Mean Mary, a multiple-graded stakes winner. Now maybe we can go on and get her stretched out, maybe to a mile and an eighth. She’s handy. She might be able to get it. When that will be, I don’t know. But today I am very pleased with the way she ran and very proud of her.

“Getting a graded stakes win is important, especially for a filly with a pedigree like hers. It’s as good a pedigree as you are going to find. So now she’s a graded stakes winner. Hopefully, it might lead to something even better.”

Vigilantes Way returned $9.20 to win for her fifth lifetime victory in 12 starts. She has failed to hit the board only twice in her career.


Joe Bravo made the most of his travels last week. With mounts at Delaware Park, Belmont and Pimlico, he won two stakes races to earn Jockey of the Week for June 7 through June 13.

The award, which is voted on by a panel of racing experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 active riders in the United States as well as retired and permanently disabled jockeys.

On Wednesday, Bravo journeyed to Delaware Park for the Obeah Stakes reuniting with the 4-year-old Dream Marie trained by Matthew Williams. Taken back early in the field of seven fillies and mares three years-old and up, Bravo eased Dream Marie outside and advanced five wide at the half mile marker kicking clear in the final sixteenth to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:44.40 over a sloppy track, returning $19.40.

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“She really likes this course,” said Bravo. “The last time she was on this course she was a very game second a heart-beat from winning. Today, as I was expecting, when she turned for home, she really kicked off nicely.”

After riding at Belmont Park Thursday and Saturday, Bravo travelled to Pimlico Race Course on Sunday for the call on Pixelate in the Prince George’s County for three-year-olds and up going 1-1/8 miles for trainer Michael Stidham. In a field of 11, Bravo rated Pixelate in fifth along the rail outside Alwaysmining. Entering the stretch, Pixelate drove past a tiring Alwaysmining and Logical Myth to win by a length in 1:53.56.

“He was really strong on the first turn,” Bravo said. When we got down the backside he started breathing underneath me and I knew he was comfortable. Turning for home I had to get him outside. Stidham did all the hard work and got him really ready. I want to say thanks to Godolphin.”

When asked if he was told anything before riding Pixelate for the first time, Bravo replied, “Don’t get beat, jock.”

Bravo will be heading west to ride at Santa Anita closing weekend and intends to ride at Del Mar when their meet starts July 16.

Weekly statistics for Bravo were 6-3-1-0 and total purse earnings of $179,880.

For Jockey of the Week, Bravo out polled Stewart Elliott with two stakes wins at Lone Star, Kyle Frey who tied with Charle Oliveros for number of wins for the week with nine, and Jose Ortiz who one a stakes race and was leading jockey by total purse earnings.

Dream Marie rallies from far back in the slop to win Obeah under Bravo

Dream Marie gave trainer Matthew Williams his first career stakes victory when the 4-year-old daughter of Graydar rallied from last to win Wednesday’s $100,000 Obeah at 1 1/16 miles over a sloppy and sealed Delaware Park main track.

Owned by the Williams family’s Miracle’s International Training, Dream Marie was dismissed as the 8-1 fifth choice in the field of seven fillies and mares. She paid $19.40 to win.

There was a fast pace on display in the Obeah as rank outsider Shyza set fractions of 23.07 and 47.20 while pressured by race favorite Bajan Girl and Miss Marissa. Shyza backed out first and Miss Marissa traveled better than Bajan Girl as the field turned for home.

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Meanwhile jockey Joe Bravo had Dream Marie outside, and on the move to loom a stalking presence on the second turn. They drove past Miss Marissa and Bajan Girl in midstretch and completed the distance in 1:44.40 seconds while 1 3/4 lengths better than Miss Marissa.

Market Rumor, handled patiently near the rear of the field, rallied widest for third, two lengths behind the runner-up. Bajan Girl, Graceful Princess, Artful Splatter, and Shyza rounded out the order of finish. Crystal Ball, Promised Storm, Jilted Bride, Trolley Ride, Sweet Sami D, Queen Nekia, and Lucky Stride all scratched.

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The Obeah was Dream Marie’s second trip to Delaware Park. Based at Gulfstream Park, she finished second in last summer’s Grade 3 Delaware Oaks behind Project Whiskey. She also placed in two other graded races in 2020, including the Grade 2 Davona Dale.

Graceful Princess, a daughter of Tapit and Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, saved ground behind the leaders and didn’t appear to handle the wet track.

The first four finishers in the Obeah automatically earned a free nomination to the meet’s signature race, the Grade 2, $400,000 Delaware Handicap on July 10.

Gershwin Scores Over Sloppy Main Track In Penn Mile – Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Getting a perfect set-up behind dueling front-runners for the first six furlongs, Godolphin homebred Gershwin – a half-brother to Grade 1 Dubai World Cup winner Mystic Guide – scored a two-length victory under Joe Bravo in Friday evening’s $300,000 Penn Mile Stakes, a one-mile race originally scheduled on turf at Penn National race course in Grantville, Pa., but was transferred to a sloppy main track because of heavy rain.

The Penn Mile is designated as a Grade 2 race on turf by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee, but was automatically downgraded to Grade 3 because of the surface switch. The AGS Committee conducted a review and opted not to reinstate the original Grade 2 status so the race will be record as Grade 3.

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The King Cheek finished second after dueling with Sibelius through fractions of :24.66, :49.13, and 1:13.75. It was 6 1/4 lengths farther back to Chess’s Dream in third, with 9-5 favorite Annex fourth and Sibelius retreating to the back of the field of five 3-year-olds at the wire. Original and Outadore were scratched.

Gershwin, a Distorted Humor colt out of G1 winner and producer Music Note, by A.P. Indy, is trained by Michael Stidham, who also trains Mystic Guide (by Ghostzapper) for Godolphin. He ran the mile on a sloppy track in 1:39.24 and paid $6.80 to win.

The quality in Gershwin’s female family goes well beyond Music Note, whose second dam is the Harbor View Farm filly It’s In the Air, co-champion 2-year-old filly in 1978 and winner of four G1 races the following year.

The victory was the second in five lifetime starts – all in 2021 – for Gershwin, who left the maiden ranks sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs ver a muddy track in his second start on Feb. 6 at Fair Grounds. He finished a well-beaten third next out on a good track at Oaklawn on March 25, then lost by a neck on a sloppy track at Churchill going a one-turn mile. The Penn Mile was the first stakes attempt.for Gershwin, who trained up to the race at Fair Hill training center in Maryland.

Gershwin broke well from the rail post but Bravo allowed The King Cheek and Sibelius to gain the advantage in the early going. He kept Gershwin well off the rail throughout and swung even wider into the stretch to make his winning move.

Con Lima takes Honey Ryder, Well Defined wins Big Drama

Con Lima was much the best in the $75,000 Honey Ryder for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Con Lima paid $3.80 and posted a final time of 1:40.57 in the 1 1/16-mile race contested over turf rated good.

With Paco Lopez aboard, Con Lima broke alertly from the outside post in the nine-horse field, pressed Por Que No though a half-mile in 47.15 seconds, took over the lead on the stretch turn, and drew off to win by a decisive four lengths. Karakatsie came from a stalking position to finish second with Mischievous Dream hanging on to finish third.

The Texas-bred daughter of Commissioner is trained by Todd Pletcher.

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The $75,000 Big Drama for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up lacked intrigue when half of the eight horses entered scratched.

There also was not a lot of drama after the 6-5 favorite Well Defined took over the lead soon after the start. He paid $4.20 for his 4 1/2-length victory over R Mercedes Boy, who pressed the winner the whole way in the seven-furlong dash on the main track. Old Chestnut was third at every call with Glory of Florida breaking last and never threatening.

The final time was 1:22.30

The 5-year-old gelding by With Distinction was ridden by Emisael Jaramillo.

He is trained by his owner Kathleen O’Connell.

Casa Creed gets up in final strides to win Elusive Quality

With Junior Alvarado sidelined for at least a week due to a concussion, trainer Bill Mott is going to have to find other jockeys to ride his horses in some important races upcoming at Churchill Downs.

He can only hope those jockeys give those horses as good a ride as Joe Bravo gave Casa Creed for Mott in Saturday’s $100,000 Elusive Quality Stakes at Belmont Park.

After saving ground on Casa Creed for the first half-mile of the seven-furlong turf stakes, Bravo was able to get Casa Creed into the clear in upper stretch. Once free, Casa Creed kicked home hard and got up in the final jumps to win the Elusive Quality by a head over Front Run the Fed. It was a nose back to Value Proposition as the Chad Brown-trained runners finished second and third. It was only another neck back to longshot Tell Your Daddy in fourth.

Olympic Runner was fifth followed by Therapist, Proven Strategies, and Seismic Wave.

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The victory was the fourth from 19 starts for Casa Creed, a 5-year-old son of Jimmy Creed owned by Lee Einsidler and radio personality Mike Francesa, the latter who races under the banner JEH Racing.

It was the third stakes win for Casa Creed, who had not won since taking the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes in August 2019. He was 0 for 7 since, but had raced in four Grade 1 stakes in that span.

Those races were all at a mile. Mott cut him back to seven furlongs for the first time in the Elusive Quality, named after a horse Mott trained.

Mott was probably hoping for a fast pace on the turnback and then let Casa Creed sit back and come running.

The fast pace did not develop, as Proven Strategies set fractions of 24.05 seconds and 48.02 for the half-mile with some token pressure from Tell Your Daddy.

Bravo had Casa Creed on the inside in sixth, only about four lengths off the pace.

Around the turn, Bravo was able to gradually work his way off the inside and into the five path. In upper stretch, Proven Strategies and Tell Your Daddy were about to be overtaken by Front Run the Fed and Value Proposition, the latter looking for room between horses.

But it was Bravo who had the most horse and passed all four in the final sixteenth to gain the win.

“He had a good trip, he was stuck down inside, which was perfect,” Mott said from Kentucky, where he watched the race via simulcast. “He saved the ground, he had to wait and tip out, the horse gave him a huge kick when he finally got him loose.”

Casa Creed covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.65 and returned $7.60 as the second choice.

“The horse just sat behind horses and the last eighth of a mile was beautiful,” Bravo told New York Racing Association publicity. “I know he wasn’t in front at the eighth pole, but he was a winner the whole way.”

Options for Casa Creed include cutting back to six furlongs in a race such as the Grade 1 Jaipur on June 5 or pointing to the Grade 3, $250,000 Poker at a mile on June 26.

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