Trained by Luis Ramirez, Where’s Sterling galloped along patiently in third while Sky Venture and Imperial Czar fought for the front through splits of :23.91, :47.86, and 1:12.33. As those battle-hardened rivals began to withdraw, Where’s Sterling took the offensive and seized control of the race, opening up a three-length lead in mid-stretch before expanding that margin through the wire.
A popular winner at odds of 1.60-1, Where’s Sterling returned $5.20, $2.80, and $2.40 for the victory. Cash Rules paid $2.80 and $2.60 when second, while Numb Lips brought back $4.80 in third.
Completing the order of finish was Imperial Czar, Sky Venture, Dream Maestro, Flatter This, and Trust the Deputy.
With his Memorial Day Handicap victory, Where’s Sterling improved his career record to four wins from 13 starts with a lifetime bankroll of $409,665
Bred in Kentucky by Cynthia Knight, Where’s Sterling won the Grade 3 Philip Iselin at Monmouth Park in 2011 and was later second in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup. Earlier this year, the 5-year-old son of Northern Afleet was a troubled fourth in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, beaten 3 ½ lengths for everything.