Ward, Bell and Welker’s Gypsy Robin held off Say a Novena to
capture the $100,000 Sorority Stakes by a length as Team Valor International’s
Hasay powered past pacesetter In the Rough to capture the $75,000 Omnibus
Stakes at Monmouth Park on Monday.
Gypsy Robin, conditioned by co-owner Wesley Ward, covered
the six furlongs over the fast main track in 1:10 4/5 and returned $7.60, $4
and $2.60. Say a Novena completed the
$30.40 exacta and paid $3.20 and $2.10.
It was 5 ½ lengths back the 2-1 favorite in the field of 2-year-old
fillies, Select Cat, who paid $2.40 to show.
“I tried to take her back a little bit, but she has so much
speed,” said winning jockey Jeffrey Sanchez.
“In the stretch, I wasn’t worried.
She had so much left and held everyone off no problem.”
Gypsy Robin broke her maiden first out at Keeneland in April. She was then sent to the Group 2 Queen Mary
Stakes at Royal Ascot in England, before returning to the States and finishing
fourth in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga last out. From her two victories, the daughter of
Daaher from the Indian Charlie mare Feisty Princess has won $95,000 for her
In the Omnibus, Hasay sat just off the lead before collaring
pacesetter In the Rough and holding all rivals safe at bay, stepping the mile
and three-eighths over firm turf in 2:13 4/5.
Trained by H. Graham Motion, Hasay returned $12.80, $5.60
and $4.20 and topped the $45.60 exacta.
It was a length back to Dyna Waltz, who paid $4 to place and $3.40 to
show. Tarrip was another nose back in
third, good for a $4.40 to show.
“My horse broke really good,” said winning jockey Pablo
Morales. “Even though she was a little
rank early, I think I was able to get her to relax a little. I tried to keep her covered up in behind the
one (In the Rough) and when I heard somebody coming I got her into a clear
The Omnibus Stakes score was the first this year and third
lifetime for Hasay, a 4-year-old filly by Lomitas from the Sillery mare
Saralea. She has now earned $77,110.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturday, Sept. 10
– gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post set for 12:50 p.m. As always, the racetrack is open seven days a
week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.