By Tom LaMarra
Contentious fields have been drawn for two sprint stakes at Monmouth Park June 17 as the MATCH Series enters its second round in two of five divisions, one of which is the Filly and Mare Sprint–Dirt Division.
The $75,000 Regret, at six furlongs, attracted eight fillies and mares including Startwithsilver, who finished a solid second behind Vertical Oak on a sloppy track at Pimlico Race Course in the May 18 Skipat Stakes, which kicked off the MATCH division. Owned by Iris Smith Stable, Lady Sheila Stable and trainer Linda Rice, Startwithsilver has three wins in five starts this year and prefers to come from off the pace in a race that could feature a hot pace.
Joe Bravo is named to ride Startwithsilver, who would make her Monmouth debut in the Regret.
Sycamore Racing V’s Jessica Krupnick, trained by Tres Abbott and to be ridden by Trevor McCarthy, last raced April 28 at Woodbine on the Tapeta surface. She was pressed most of the way in the Whimsical Stakes at six furlongs and finished only three-quarters of a length behind in fourth.
The 5-year-old mare, based at Fair Hill Training Center, previously showed strong form on dirt at Laurel Park and Parx Racing.
The race would mark the return of the 4-year-old New Jersey-bred filly Liz’s Cable Girl, who is three-for-four at Monmouth and six-for-nine in her career for owner Lisbeth Dodd and trainer Patrick McBurney. Jose Ferrer, second in the Monmouth rider standings behind Paco Lopez, has the call on Liz’s Cable Girl, who has shown the ability to win on the lead or from just off the pace.
Liz’s Cable Girl and the speedy Behrnik’s Bank, a Pennsylvania-bred who is scheduled to make her 2018 debut for owner Peter Kazamias, are eligible for state-bred bonuses depending on the final MATCH Series standings based on points.
By Tom LaMarra
Chalon rated just off the early pace set by Behrnik’s Bank, took command on the turn and drew away with authority to win the $75,000 Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park June 17. It was the filly’s first start in a MATCH Series event.
Chalon won by four lengths over Sycamore Racing V’s Jessica Krupnick, who prefers to be on the pace but rallied well in the lane. Liz’s Cable Girl, who prefers the lead, also raced well from off the pace to finish a neck behind Jessica Krupnick in third.
Chalon, ridden by Monmouth leading rider Paco Lopez, paid $3 to win as the heavy favorite and covered the six furlongs in 1:10.05. The 4-year-old filly by Dialed In is now tied at the top of the division with Vertical Oak, who won the Skipat Stakes May 18.
“We thought this would be a perfect steppingstone for a race at Saratoga,” said trainer Arnaud Delacour, who is based at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland. “She has done everything except win a graded stakes, so we’re looking at the Honorable Miss. It was important to see if she could rate a bit and keep going, which she did. In the future we’d like to try to seven-eighths of a mile with her.”
Roy Jackson, who operates Lael Stable with his wife, Gretchen, was pleased with the result.
“It couldn’t have worked out better,” he said. “We’re hoping she’ll be a broodmare for us at some point.