GSP Racing Stable’s Well Spelled became a first time stakes
winner when he rallied through the stretch at Monmouth Park to capture the
Grade 3 $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes by 1 ½ lengths.
Well Spelled, who raced last down the backstretch, took
command just after the eighth pole before stopping the timer in 1:11 for six
furlongs on a fast track. The colt paid $13.20, $4.80 and $3.40 across the
board and topped a $45 exacta. Cape Cod Canal,
who turned for home on the lead, returned $4.20 to place and $3.40 to show. It
was another half-length back to Scaramagna, who paid $4.80 to show. Isn’t He
Clever, the even-money favorite in the field of six 3-year-old colts and
geldings, checked in fourth after a troubled trip.
“Benny (trainer Perkins, Jr.) told me to warm him up good.
When the gates opened, he popped out on top, so I just waited for the speed to
pass me,” said winning jockey Pablo Fragoso. “I didn’t mind coming with a wide
run- the rail has not been the place to be today. He came closing with his run
down the outside and wore that other horse (Cape Cod Canal)
down. I was real impressed with him today.”
The Jersey Shore victory was the second for trainer Ben
Perkins, Jr., who won the inaugural running in 1992 with Surely Six.
“He broke really sharp and Pablo let him settle going down
the backside,” said Perkins. “As soon as he started to level off and move with
the favorite (Isn’t He Clever), I knew we had a lot of horse. With the way the
track’s been playing and the fact he’s been training over it, we thought that
would help him a lot and it did. He ran hard. It took him a while to get the
right style (of running), and now that he’s got that, it definitely helped him.”
A son of Spellbinder from the Well Decorated mare Well, Well
Spelled improved his career earnings to $161,740 for his connections. The
Kentucky-bred has now won three of nine career starts and three of his six
starts in 2012.