Michael Langford’s Dunkin Bend rallied three-wide turning for home before opening up to a length and a quarter score in the Grade 3, $100,000 Sapling Stakes as Miss Behaviour trounced her rivals in the $100,000 Sorority Stakes, drawing away to an impressive 8 ¼ length score before a 15,726 Sunday crowd at Monmouth Park.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Dunkin Bend covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:11 4/5, and paid $4 and $2.40 as the favorite in the field of four 2-year-old colts. Pacesetter Yes I’m Lucky completed the $7.80 exacta and paid $2.60 to place. Run for Logistics, who had trouble shortly after the start, checked in third with Foileen fourth.
“I saw two horses going to the front so I settled him just off of that,” said winning jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. “He relaxed very nice and made a good move around the turn. We were a little wide, but when I asked him he kicked on and held well.”
A son of Dunkirk from the Vindication mare Misty Run, Dunkin Bend has won two of his three lifetime starts, good for earnings of $117,000.
In the Sorority Stakes, the Phil Schoenthal trained Miss Behaviour moved by pacesetter Flay Mignon heading into the turn before asserting her authority through the lane. She returned $8.20, $3.80 and $3.20 and topped a $23 exacta. Yes Liz rallied for the place, paying $3.20 and $2.60. It was another 2 ½ lengths back to Mallory Street, who paid $4.60 to show. The time for the six furlongs was 1:11 2/5.
“She just has so much natural speed,” said winning rider Garry Cruise. “She’s just such a professional for a 2-year-old filly. A couple times she tugged at me, asked for a little bit more and when I gave it to her she went even faster. During the race, I was thinking to myself, ‘could I possibly have this much horse?’ Turns out I did.”
A daughter of Jump Start from the Successful Appeal mare Successful Romance, the Pennsylvania-bred Miss Behaviour is a perfect two-for-two, having broken her maiden at Parx on July 22. She has earned $87,000 for owners Cal MacWilliam and Neil Teitelbaum.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Monday, Sept. 2, for a special Labor Day card. Gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.