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Breeders Cup 2015

Madman Diaries Wires Field in Sapling

Robert Tell and Wesley A. Ward’s Madman Diaries took control out of the gate and never looked back, winning the Grade 3, $150,000 Sapling Stakes by a half length as Grecian Maiden held on for a nose victory in the $100,000 Twin Lights Stakes before a crowd of 13,469 at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

After setting fractions of :22 2/5 for the first quarter and :46 2/5 for the half-mile, Madman Diaries was confronted by Vengeful Wildcat nearing the eighth pole, but repelled that challenge to win the Sapling, Monmouth’s top race for 2-year-olds. Madman Diaries paid $13.60, $6.80 and $5.60 and topped the $80.20 exacta. Vengeful Wildcat held for second and paid $4.20 and $3.20. It was a neck back to Chipshot, who paid $4.40 to show. Favorite Maybesomaybenot checked in fourth.

“I was pretty confident in him,” said co-owner Wesley Ward, who conditions the son of Bring the Heat from the Outflanker mare Harper N Abbey. “He’s been breezing up at Saratoga and had me convinced he can run on dirt, that’s why we took a shot here.”

Ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez, Madman Diaries scored his third win in five starts on Saturday. After debuting at Keeneland this April, the 2-year-old gelding had run his last four at Woodbine. The Sapling marked the first start on conventional dirt for Madman Diaries, who has now earned $247,822.

In the Twin Lights, Grecian Maiden stepped the mile and an eighth over firm turf in 1:48 1/5 and paid $21.40, $10.40 and $6.80. Profiteroles, whose late charge fell just short at the wire, paid $6.40 to place and $4.20 to show and completed the $102.40 exacta. It was another length and a half back to Bet on the Blue, who paid $5.20 to show.

“There wasn’t a lot of pace in the race so we wanted to a lay a little closer,” said winning jockey Julian Pimentel. “It worked out beautifully. When I pushed her she just took off. She really answered today.”

Trained by Michael Trombetta, Grecian Maiden earned her third win in six starts by taking the Twin Lights. The 3-year-old filly by Ghostzapper from the Two Punch mare Willa on the Move, has now banked $119,980 for her connections.



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