Saratoga shipper Vast returned to the dirt and regained her winning form, taking advantage of an early speed duel in front her before going on to a comfortable 2¾-length victory in the $75,000 Hollywood Wildcat Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park.
Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Joe Bravo, Vast sat patiently off dueling leaders Campy Cash and Groovy Surprise before sweeping past both in mid-stretch of the six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.
Time of the race was 1:11.35.
Vast won her debut at Saratoga on July 12 on the dirt before trying stakes company on the grass in her second start, also at the Spa, where she finished a tiring fourth.
The daughter of Lea-Enth by Seeking the Gold returned $6.00 as the favorite in the field of seven.
Campy Cash was second, a nose ahead of Groovy Surprise.
“It seems like she has a lot of class. Bill Mott doesn't bring green horses over,” said Bravo. “She had a lot of schooling underneath her to be ready for something like this. I was told she would sit off of horses. She really kicked in when I asked her to. That was a really strong move turning for home. It's a horse that you can watch for in the future.
“It's hard for a 2-year-old filly to have a three-quarter mile run. She was able to sit back and relax. It's a nice tactical way of running for a young horse.”
Vast is owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider.
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