Black Swan Stable’s Sean Avery moved past pacesetter
Awesome Sun just after the quarter pole and opened up to an impressive 11 ¾-length
score in the $75,000 Longfellow Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
Trained by Allen Iwinski, Sean Avery covered the six
furlongs over a fast main track in a quick 1:09 1/5 and returned $4.80, $2.40
and $2.40 as the 7-5 choice in the field of six colts and geldings. Awesome Son held the place, good for a $13.40
exacta and a $3 place, $2.80 show mutuel.
Hillswick, who paid $3.60 to show, finished another neck back.
“That was real impressive,” said winning rider Joe
Bravo. “Around the turn he was pulling
on me and gave me every indication he would be tough. I just held on and enjoyed the ride.”
The Longfellow win was the fifth in eight career starts
for the lightly-raced Sean Avery, a 5-year-old gelding by Cherokee Run from the
Forest Wildcat mare Latin Lynx. He has
now earned $173,180 for his connections.