Michel Tabor’s Bow Bells made a powerful move for the lead
around the far turn before reporting home a nearly five length winner of
$60,000 Twin Lights Stakes as Besilu Stables’ Indian Spell held on by a
head to capture the $60,000 Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park on
Saturday before a crowd of 12,202.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Bow Bells covered the mile
and an eighth over firm turf in 1:47 3/5 and returned $5.80, $3 and
$2.60 as the second choice in the
field of six 3-year-old fillies. Post-time favorite Sense to Compete
rallied to complete the $13.60 exacta and paid $3 and $2.10. It was
another two lengths back to Parting Kiss, who paid $3.20 to show.
"The pace seemed like it was pretty quick,” said winning
jockey Chris DeCarlo, “so we just sat back and bided our time. Around
the turn, I asked her to try to get first run and it worked out. She
put in a real nice run to the wire.”
A daughter of
Giant’s Causeway from the Grade 1 winning mare Marylebone, Bow Bells has won three of her four lifetime starts, good for earnings of $91,620.
In the Miss Woodford, Indian Spell was headed by
post-time favorite Ju Ju Eyeballs, before coming back on the inside and
holding off the late surge of Fully
Living to take the stakes event in 1:12 flat for six furlongs over a
fast main track.
Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., Indian Spell returned
$35.80 and $8 as the longest shot in the four-horse field. Fully Living
completed the $104.80 exacta and
paid $3.80 to place. Ju Ju Eyeballs checked in third with Frivolity
rounding out the field.
“We had the inside post and this filly has plenty of
speed so I figured we’d at least be close,” said winning jockey Gabriel
Saez. “I just wanted to ease
her around there. In the stretch, I asked her to go and she really was
A 3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, Indian
Spell is out of the 2008 champion 3-year-old filly Proud Spell. She was
now won $75,775 for her connections.
Live racing continues at
Park on Sunday, Sept. 1 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.