Mrs. Alec Head’s Denomination came with a strong stretch
rally to post a nose victory in the $150,000 Grade 3 Violet Stakes as Ponzi Scheme
wired his foes to post a three-length win in the $75,000 Skip Away Stakes at Monmouth Park on Monday.
Trained by Christophe Clement, Denomination covered the
mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:41 4/5 and paid $4.20, $3 and $2.60 as
the favorite in the field of seven fillies and mares. Unbridled Essence came with her run on the
far outside to complete the $45.20 exacta and returned $8.20 and $3.80. It was another length back to La Reine
Lionne, who paid $2.60 to show.
“Heading into the far turn, she gave me the sensation that
all she needed was a hole and she was going to run for me,” said winning jockey
Joe Bravo. “She was well within
herself. I’m just really thankful for
being on this horse today.”
The Violet victory was the second graded stakes win for
Denomination this year. In March she
took the Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Downs.
From 21 lifetime starts, Denomination has a record of 6-4-3 and earnings
In the Skip Away Stakes, Ponzi Scheme took command right
out of the gate, was challenged nearing the quarter pole by 1-9 favorite
Christmas for Liam, but kicked away in the lane to pay $25.20, $10.60 and
“My horse was training super,” said winning conditioner
Juan Serey. “I told the jockey to see
what happens at the break. We wound up
in front and that was fine. I don’t care
who’s in the race, when my horse is doing good, I know he’ll be tough.”
Yummy with Butter rallied to complete the $135.20 exacta
and paid $7.20 and $2.40. Christmas for
Liam settled for the show, good for a $2.10 mutuel.
Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Ponzi Scheme now sports a record
of 6-2-5 from 23 starts and career earnings of $178,780.