The Turf Monster Stakes was won for the second time by Patricia Generazio’s Pure Sensation.
The six year-old gelded of Zensational won the race in 2015 and came into the race a perfect three for three over the local course. Breaking from post two, jockey Kendrick Carmouche used the early speed of Pure Sensation to get position down on the inside while racing in the second flight behind a line of three horses battling up front.
Bold Thunder held a slight lead through a quarter in 21.99 with long shots Uncle Leo and Snowday applying pressure on the outside. Able to stay on the inside of the course, Pure Sensation came to the last furlong still with ground to make up, almost three lengths back as the speed began to come back and the late runners started to get involved. Mongolian Saturday was closing in the center of the course while Snowday fought gamely and kept coming while racing between horses.
With room near the fence and a late surge, Pure Sensation came charging through, took the lead nearing the wire and held off the fast closing Mongolian Saturday to win by a neck. Trained by Christophe Clement, he went off as the favorite at 7-5 and paid $4.80 to win. The final time over a course labeled good was :57.13. He became the third horse to win multiple Turf Monsters, Chamberlain Bridge having won in 2009-10 and the late, great Ben’s Cat in 2011-12.
Source: Parx Racing