Trainer Steve Klesaris thinks both of his runners in
Sunday’s $100,000 Blue Sparkler Stakes at Monmouth Park
have the ability to find the winner’s circle.
But Klesaris also hopes to celebrate a victory four races earlier with his
undefeated filly Sophia.
A perfect three-for-three in her young career, Sophia exits a second-level
allowance win at Monmouth
Park on May 31. That race
marked the 4-year-old Lion Heart filly’s first start in just under a year.
“She sports a pretty solid record,” Klesaris said. “Her comeback race was a
great effort. She’s trained very well since then, but this race is a little
Sophia has shown great versatility in her three-race career, having won at
three different tracks and with two different running styles.
“She’s won on the lead and from a little off the pace. I really like that she’s
shown those couple different dimensions,” Klesaris said. “She can change her
game depending on the race dynamics. Her having that versatility helps a lot.”
But with a win on Sunday, would Sophia take her game into the stakes ranks?
“She’s done everything right so far,” Klesaris said. “But this race will answer
About two hours after Sophia takes the track, Klesaris will send out the
uncoupled pair of Casanova Killer and Earle’s First Girl in the Blue Sparkler
Casanova Killer comes off a game allowance win at Monmouth Park
at odds of 26-1 on June 4.
“I thought that was a very good effort,” Klesaris said. “There was a horse
loose on the lead that day and she was still able to get it done.”
Earle’s First Girl will be making her first trip to Monmouth
Park as she exits a 5 ¾-length win at Philly Park
last out. The 5-year-old daughter of El Corredor sports an impressive 5-5-2
career record from 14 starts at the Blue Sparkler distance of six furlongs.
“She’s been very competitive in the allowance
ranks,” Klesaris said. “We figured now would be a good time to try the next