Phipps Stable’s Boisterous powered to a length and a quarter
victory in the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes as David Melin and
Plesa’s Brave Dave dug in gamely to the wire, posting a neck win in the
$60,000 John McSorley Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday before a crowd
Boisterous, dispatched the even-money favorite in the field of eight, sat behind pacesetter
Two Notch Road
early, before angling out for the drive and cruising to victory in 1:48
4/5 over a turf course rated “good.” The winner paid $4, $2.40 and
$2.20. Big Blue Kitten rallied
to complete the $10.20 exacta and paid $2.80 and $2.80. Pacesetter
Two Notch Road was another neck back in third, good for a $10.20 show mutuel.
“I had the absolute perfect trip all the way around
there,” said Hall of Fame winning jockey John Velazquez. “We got
squeezed around the quarter pole but
once we got to the outside it was over. It’s fun to ride ones like
Trained by Shug McGaughey, Boisterous is a
6-year-old horse by Distorted Humor from the Cox’s Ridge mare
Emanating. He has now won 10 of his 24 starts,
good for earnings of $937,910.
In the McSorley Stakes, the Eddie Plesa Jr. trained
Brave Dave set a pressured pace right from the onset before holding off
the late charge of Perfect Officer,
stepping 5 ½ furlongs over “good” turf in 1:02 3/5.
“This was his first time on turf, so you never
really know what to expect,” said winning jockey Elvis Trujillo. “He
broke out of the gate really fast so
I figured I’d just let him do his thing. A couple of horses ran at him
in the stretch, but he dug in and gave me all he had.”
Brave Dave paid $14.80, $6.80 and $4.40 and topped a
$68.20 exacta. Perfect Officer returned $4.20 and $2.60. It was
another ¾ of a length back to Night
Officer, who paid $4.20 to show.
The lone 3-year-old in the field of 10 colts and
geldings, Brave Dave now sports a record of 5-1-2 from 10 starts. The
son of Put It Back from the Songandaprayer
mare Sing That Song has earned $300,100 for his connections.