Trainer Cam Gambolati has done all the tweaking he can think
of to get Sandi’s Ready into the winner’s circle at Monmouth. On Sunday, he’ll
find out if it’s enough when his filly meets 11 rivals in the $100,000 Candy
Éclair Stakes at five and a half furlongs on the turf.
The 4-year-old filly by More Than Ready has had a prep race here, turned in a smart
work recently, and gets a new rider for the stakes as she looks for her first
Monmouth victory in her 12th try here.
“This looks like the perfect distance for her,” Gambolati said, “and she’s
doing great right now. I hope that’s enough.”
Sandi’s Ready tuned up for this race with a strong performance in a one-mile
allowance event here May 23. She showed good speed for three-quarters of the
race before tiring a bit to run fourth.
Gambolati kept her on her toes with a half-mile drill in :49 flat on June 6,
one of the best moves on the tab.
On Sunday, she’ll go to the post with a new rider, Francisco Maysonett, in the
“She’s got some quirks, and can be funny to ride,” Gambolati said. “It’s
important to have a rider who knows her. Francisco has been her exercise rider
during the winter at Palm Meadows the past two years, and he knows all her
The filly has won twice on the grass at Gulfstream and once on the Calder turf,
earning $103,460 for owners Ol Memorial Stable & C.E. Glasscock.