Waterford Stable’s Summer Front came with a flying finish to
capture the $100,000 Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes at Monmouth Park as
Applause proved best in the $75,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes on the Sunday
Photo: Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey Club
Trained by Christophe Clement, Summer Front sat at
the back of the pack early before unleashing a furious stretch rally to
run down pacesetter Tune Me In
to win by a length and a quarter. Sent off the even-money favorite,
Summer Front paid $4, $3.40 and $2.20 in the field of six colts and
geldings. Tune Me In completed the $33.20 exacta and paid $10.40 and
$4.20. It was another half-length back to Howe Great,
who paid $2.40 to show.
“That was really eye opening,” said winning jockey
Joe Bravo. “I saved ground the whole way and when he saw daylight that
was it. What a quick turn of
foot on this horse. I’m just so impressed with him, to do that off the
layoff. All I can say is ‘wow’.”
A 4-year-old colt by War Front from the El Prado
mare Rose of Summer, Summer Front has won seven of his 13 lifetime
starts, good for $531,140 in earnings.
In the Lady’s Secret, Campbell, Greenwood LDG, Clark
and Skoda’s Summer Applause moved three-wide for the lead around the
far turn before reporting home
a length and a quarter winner as the 1-2 favorite in the field of four
fillies and mares.
Trained by Chad Brown, Summer Applause stepped the
mile and a sixteenth over a fast main track in 1:45 4/5 and paid $3 and
$2.10. Royal Lahaina completed
the $7.60 exacta and paid $2.80 to place. Sharp Sally checked in third
with Canadian Mistress rounding out the field.
“That looked like it was a pretty good confidence
booster for her,” said winning rider Joe Bravo. “I got into her around
the far turn and she just kept
on going. She was clearly the best today and I was lucky enough to be
A multiple graded stakes winner, Summer Applause
improved her lifetime record to 6-2-0 from 13 starts. The 4-year-old
daughter of Harlan’s Holiday from
Academy mare Summer Exhibition has earned $654,906.