Morris Stable LLC’s Change of Command wore down Sleepless
Knight in the shadow of the wire to post a neck victory in the $75,000
Stakes at Monmouth
Park on Friday, setting a new course record in the process.
Trained by Michael Trombetta, Change of Command sat a
close-up last down the backstretch before angling for the drive and
pushing past Sleepless Knight for
the victory, going a mile on firm turf in 1:33.33 with the portable
rail set out 36 feet. The previous mark was held by Bestowed, who
traveled the same distance in 1:33.64 in 2007.Change
of Command returned $12.40, $5.40 and $2.80 and topped a $43 exacta.
Sleepless Knight paid $3.40 to place and $2.20 to show. It was another
three lengths back to Tune Me In, who paid $2.80 to show.
“I’ve been on him many times and even in the
beginning I knew he was this kind of horse,” said winning jockey Joe
Bravo. “It’s cool now to see him grow
up and win these races. He has such a good turn of foot and he pretty
much places himself where he needs to be. Around the 3/8ths pole I had
to check a little bit, but that was just me trying to get him to the
outside. He took care of the rest.”
A 6-year-old gelding by Gators N Bears from the
Let’s Go Blue mare Doctor Campbell, Change of Command has won eight of
his 22 lifetime starts and has earned