The field is set for the $1 million Haskell, where Nyquist will be trying to re-stake his claim as the top three-year-old in the country.
Flay Mignon Slays The Field
Cleverly named Flay Mignon came out of the gate running and made mincemeat of the competition to capture the Colleen Stakes for two-year-old filles at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Breaking from the middle of the gate as part of a 1-2 favorite entry with Pray a Novena, the bay filly homebred by Yesbyjimmy showed a quick turn of foot to get up between rivals to grab the early lead. Ridden by jockey Paco Lopez, she opened with a fast 21:55 and covered the five furlongs on the turf in 56:77.
Looks rival in the eye and pulls away
Taken in hand by Lopez around the turn, Flay Mignon actually let Jonesin for Jerry poke a head in front at the top of the stretch, but when Lopez – on his way to his third winner of the day – let out the reins, she found another gear and pulled away to win by 1 ¾ lengths. Pure Lady Like was second and Aibhilin made a late run to get up for third. The other half of the entry, Pray a Novena, finished seventh, but less than four lengths back. Flay Mignon is now two-for-two in her short career.
Seaneen Girl makes it look easy
Also on the weekend at Monmouth, Seaneen Girl finally got the result she was looking for when she cruised to a six-length win in the Grade III Monmouth Oaks. A Grade II winner last year, she had failed to find the winner’s circle in five previous stakes attempts this year, and was winless in six overall, coming off a sixth-place finish in the Grade III Arlington Oaks. In the 1 1/16 miles Monmouth Oaks, she stalked the pace of Makayla’s Angel to the ¾-pole before kicking in to draw away.
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, the featured race is the $300,000 United Nations Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and three-eighths on the turf, the Grade 1 event has drawn a field of ten colts and geldings.
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, the featured race is the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes, a key prep race for the Haskell Invitational (G1). The Grade 3 event will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth and has drawn a field of seven three-year-olds.