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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 on Sunday.

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 mares.


“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.




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