Yummy With Butter took the lead at the top of the stretch and got away to win the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth Park by a length and a half over Sayif (IRE) and Baryshknikov.
Yummy With Butter is trained by Yvon Belsoeur and was ridden to victory by Paco Lopez.
Time for the mile and one-sixteenth on the turf was 1:40.4. Yummy With Butter paid $20.20, $8.40, and $3.80.
OCEANPORT, N.J. * Yummy With Butter and Sayif renewed their rivalry in the Oceanport, setting all the pace from gate to wire. In the Battlefield Stakes last time they met, Sayif held the lead to the wire, but this time Yummy With Butter went by in deep stretch to score by a length and a quarter. Sayif was second by a half-length over Baryshnikov, the 9-5 favorite in the field of seven.
Trained by Yvon Belsoeur and ridden by Paco Lopez, Yummy With Butter paid $20.20, $8.40 and $3.80 across the board and topped a $136 exacta after stepping the mile and a sixteenth of firm turf in 1:40 1/5.
Sayif, off at 10-1, paid $10.40 and $5.40 and Baryshnikov paid $2.80 to show.
“I told Paco let's not be late this time,” Belsoeur said. “Last time, we got caught by a horse on the lead that got away from us. We were just a little late.”
“We just couldn't get to that horse (Sayif) last time,” Lopez said, “but that race was at a mile. Today there was extra distance. Turning for home, he was able to outkick the leader and get the job done.”
Yummy With Butter, a 7-year-old son of Silvador who races for Bruno Schickedanz, was scoring his first victory since 2009. The Ontario-bred has now won six of 31 lifetime starts.
“He was training like a Grade 1 horse,” Belsoeur said, and this was a Grade 3 race so I was pretty confident. We'll look at the Cliff Hanger (Grade 3, Sept. 4).”
WINNING TRAINER (YVON BELSOEUR) * “I told Paco [jockey Paco Lopez] let's not be late this time. Last time, we got caught by a horse on the lead that got away from us. We were just a little late. He was training like a Grade 1 horse and this was a Grade 3 so I was pretty confident. We'll look at the Cliff Hanger [Grade 3, Sunday, Sept 4].
WINNING JOCKEY (PACO LOPEZ) * “I rode this horse his last two starts and he just couldn't get to that horse [Sayif] last time, but that race was at a mile. Today there was extra distance, and I wanted to keep the horse more involved early in the race. Turning for home he was able to outkick the leader and get the job done.
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