East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 8, 2009] - Judy Sessa's Realgoodlookin held off Bourbon Maid at the wire to win the featured $41,000 eighth race allowance by a nose Thursday afternoon at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Ridden by Jose Velez Jr., Realgoodlookin stalked the pacesetter Chocolate Blush, swung to the far outside in the lane and gamely held on to return a $13 win mutuel. She covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:43.68. Loquacious Lil rallied inside to finish third.
TEN DISTAFFERS ENTERED FOR GRADE 3 VIOLET
A field of 10 talented fillies and mares has been entered for the Grade 3 Violet Stakes Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
The $125,000 mile and a sixteenth test on the turf has drawn Jedburgh Stud's All Is Vanity, winner of the Grade 3 Eatontown on June 7 at Monmouth Park. Trained by Christophe Clement, the 5-year-old French-bred daughter of Gold Away has hit the board in 18 of 23 career starts for earnings of $477,388. Brought to the U.S. in 2007, All Is Vanity won the group II Prix de Sandringham at Chantilly as a 3-year-old. She was beaten a head by Social Queen in the Grade 3 Gallorette on May 16 at Belmont. In her last effort, the chestnut mare finished fifth as the favorite in the Miss Liberty Stakes on July 30 at Monmouth. The winner of that event, Dyna's Lassie, has also been entered in the Violet.
The competition also includes New Jersey-breds Way With Words and Talkin About Love, each of whom carries a two-race streak into Saturday's event. Way With Words, trained by Mary Eppler, enters the Violet off victories in the Eleven North Handicap restricted to Jersey-breds on Aug. 23 and most recently the Politely Stakes against open company on Sept. 20, both races at Monmouth. A winner of $365,590 in her career, she will be trying the grass for the first time since being placed first in an allowance test last October at the Meadowlands.
Talkin About Love will make her second start on the turf after winning the Maryland Million Lady's Stakes at Laurel last out. Prior to that, she scored in Monmouth's Revidere Stakes, her first win in over a year. Owned, trained and bred by Kevin Sleeter, Talkin About Love became the first New Jersey-bred to win the Monmouth Oaks, when she took that event in 2007. The 5-year-old mare sports nine wins lifetime for earnings of $713,103 in 28 starts.
The Violet Stakes, named for the state flower of New Jersey, will highlight the first nighttime card of the 2009 Meadowlands season. Post time is 7 p.m.
The field for the Grade 3 $125,000 Violet Stakes:
PP Horse Age/Sex Jockey Weight Trainer
1 Julia Tuttle (FL) 4/F Erick Rodriguez 117 Ferris Allen III
2 Always for Love (PA) 5/M Victor Molina 121 Guadalupe Preciado
3 Dyna's Lassie (KY) 5/M Carlos Marquez, Jr. 117 Doug Fout
4 Dattts Our Girl (KY) 5/M Daniel Centeno 121 Mark Hennig
5 Talkin About Love (NJ) 5/M Stewart Elliott 121 Kevin Sleeter
6 Quiet Harbor (KY) 4/F Eddie Castro 117 Shug McGaughey
7 All Is Vanity (FR) 5/M Cornelio Velasquez 121 Christophe Clement
8 Skylighter (KY) 4/F Kendrick Carmouche 121 Graham Motion
9 Way With Words (NJ) 5/M Channing Hill 121 Mary Eppler
10 Lookalike (KY) 4/F Paco Lopez 117 Michael Matz