Starfish Bay lowered the course record for about 5 ½ furlongs
on turf, winning the $100,000 Candy Éclair Stakes in 1:00.76 at Monmouth Park
After jumping out to the early lead, Starfish Bay
never looked back, opening a three-length lead at the wire in winning the Candy
Éclair. The Todd Pletcher-trainee
returned $3.80, $2.60 and $2.40 as the favorite in the field of 12 fillies and
“Her speed is her weapon,” said winning jockey John
Velazquez. “She was going so fast, but
she handled the turn perfectly and responded very well when I asked her. I think she could have gone faster, but I
wanted to save something for next time.”
The time of 1:00.76 for the about 5 ½ furlongs bested the
old mark of 1:01.00 set by Terrific Challenge on September 10, 2006. The turf course was rated firm with the
portable rail set at zero feet.
Candy Cane, who could not catch Starfish Bay
on the firm turf, completed the $13.40 exacta and paid $3.60 and $2.80. It was three-quarters of a length back to
Quebrada Shiner, who paid $4 to show.
A 4-year-old filly by Elusive Quality from the Not For Love
mare Touch Love, Starfish
Bay improved her record
to 6-1-1 from 12 starts. She has earned
$141,831 for owner Gainesway Stable.