The $75,000 Miss Liberty
Stakes, at a mile and a sixteenth on turf for fillies and mares, always comes
up as one of the most interesting events on Monmouth’s Fourth of July holiday
In 2009, the Miss Liberty
winner was Maram, who had made her mark in 2008 by taking the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Fillies Turf.
This year, the big name is
Gypsy’s Warning, a South African mare who made her North American debut at
Monmouth last year in winning the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes. The Graham
Motion-trained runner went on to cap her season with a score in the Grade 1
Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood
Park in November.
Despite the presence of a
Grade 1 winner, the Miss Liberty still drew a field of 12, including stakes
winners Romacaca from trainer Nick Canani, Marquet Madness from Mary Hartmann,
and Mystic Miracle from Mark Hennig.
Trainer Gregg Sacco will jump
right into the fray with Red Oak Stable’s Bella d’Oro, who has raced well over
the Monmouth turf, but has not started since she won an allowance race here
last Oct. 10.
“This is a tough place to
start off the season, meeting a Grade 1 winner” Sacco said, “but she’s a
powerhouse right now. She never worked last year like she’s been working for
Bella d’Oro, a 5-year-old
daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, broke her maiden at Monmouth on the main track in
August of 2009. Then she was out until May of last year, when she turned in two
poor efforts on the dirt.
“She had some foot issues,”
Sacco said. “But then we put her on the grass, and she found a home.”
In five starts on the Monmouth
turf last year, Bella d’Oro had two wins and three seconds, showing a fine turn
“She’s a fast filly,” Sacco
said. “She couldn’t be training any better, and we feel she’s up to this.
“We also got Elvis Trujillo to
ride Sunday,” the trainer said. “Elvis broke her maiden in 2009, and I wanted
to reunite the winning team.”