Laughing Finds Eatontown Competition Hilarious, Sets Track Record

by | 06.29.2013 | 6:22pm
Laughing (IRE) sets a track record in the Eatontown
Laughing (IRE) sets a track record in the Eatontown

Richard Santulli's Laughing pushed past pacesetter Dayatthespa in deep stretch before posting a ¾ length win in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday, lowering the track record to 1:39.26 for a mile and a sixteenth on firm turf.

Trained by Alan Goldberg, Laughing sat off the pace of odds-on favorite Dayatthespa, before angling out for the drive. The winner returned $14.20, $3.80 and $2.60. Dayatthespa completed the $28.60 exacta and paid $2.20 and $2.10. Ruthenia rallied to finish another ¾ of a length back in third, good for a $2.20 show mutuel.

“Mr. Goldberg (trainer Alan) told me that there was a lot of speed in the race so I just wanted to sit off,” said winning jockey Angel Serpa. “I rode her last year so I was familiar with her. I placed her just behind the speed and when we turned for home she broke like the gates opened again. She's very good.”

A 5-year-old Irish-bred mare by Dansili from the Be My Chief mare Comic, Laughing has won 5 of her 12 career starts, good for earnings of $308,855. The Eatontown was her first start since last Oct.

The previous course record for a mile and a sixteenth on turf with the portable rail set at 12 feet was established by Stormy Mirage on June 5, 2010, who covered the distance in 1:39.37.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, June 30 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.

See the full chart here.

  • Michael Infurna

    Over rated horse on a lightening fast track with a questionable time!! Oh, and a 5 horse field!!

    • Don Reed

      A paid workout, Mike, a paid workout.

    • LongTimeEconomist

      Michael, I have long said that times in turf races are a function of the condition of the course rather than the condition of the horse.

  • Don Reed

    “Laughing “lowering the track record to 1:39.26 for a mile and a sixteenth on firm
    turf…

    “The previous course record for a mile and a sixteenth on turf with the portable rail set at 12 feet was established by Stormy Mirage on June 5, 2010… 1:39.37.”

    According to the linked Equibase results chart, the track record was set by Silent Roar on 08/05/07: “1:38.99.”

    This is faster than the times posted by Laughing and Stormy Mirage.

    The chart makes no mention of a “portable rail.”

    Recap:

    Laughing: 1:39.26 – Stormy Mirage 1:39.37 – Silent Roar 1:38.99

    Why the discrepancy?

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