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After an unlucky start in her last outing, Sawyer
, conditioned by Jane Cibelli, will travel a mile and a sixteenth on the turf as she tries stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s $60,000 Desert Vixen Stakes.
A 3-year-old filly by Into Mischief out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Song, Sawyer posted a third place finish through disqualification in her last outing, an allowance event at Monmouth Park on June 7.
“I liked her performance last race, other than the fact that she got in trouble,” Cibelli said. “A horse came over on her and she had to check her during the stretch. I think but for that she would have been second. I’m not sure if she would have beaten the winner but I think she would have gotten second.”
Since her last race Sawyer has posted three works, most recently breezing four furlongs along the main track in Oceanport in :48 2/5 on July 12.
“She’s been training super,” said Cibelli. “She came out of her last race really well. Since she got into some trouble in that race, we thought if we want to try a stakes race now is the time. It’s not an easy race that’s for sure. She’ll certainly need some racing luck, but I figured if there’s a time to get her some black type it’s as a 3-year-old.”
Among the tough competition that Cibelli was referring to are a pair of Todd Pletcher trained entrants Super Sky and Patsy’s Holiday, who are the favorite and second choice on the morning line at 4-1 and 5-1, respectively.
Sawyer will break from post-four with jockey Gabriel Saez in the irons in the Desert Vixen Stakes, which will go as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card. PICK 4 ($30,411), 5 ($30,932) & 6 ($23,410) CARRYOVERS AT MONMOUTH THIS FRIDAY
With a string of longshots peppering the Sunday card at Monmouth Park, Friday’s racing program will feature a trio of carryovers - $30,411 to be added to the Pick 4, $30,932 to the Pick 5 and $23,410 for a lone winning ticket in the Jersey Shore Six.
Friday’s early Pick 4 (races three through six) will feature the carryover as will the Pick 5, which is set for races six through 10. Both bets have a 50-cent base wager and a takeout rate of just 15 percent.
The Jersey Shore Six, has a 10-cent base wager. To win the jackpot, a ticket must have the winner of the last six races on the card and be the only one to have done so. If more than one person has a winning ticket, they split 60% of the net pool with 40% going to the carryover.