Pure Sensation ran his record to a perfect four-for-four on the Parx Racing turf course on Monday's Labor Day card, rallying up the rail late to win the Grade 3 Turf Monster Stakes for the second time in three years. The 6-year-old Zensational gelding, bred in Florida by his owner, Patricia Generazio, is trained by Christophe Clement and was ridden to victory by Kendrick Carmouche. He won by a half length, covering the five furlongs on good turf in :57, and paid $4.80 as the 7-5 favorite.
Mongolian Saturday finished second, Snowday was third and Rainbow Heir fourth in the field of 10.
Carmouche hustled Pure Sensation out of the gate to get a good inside position, just behind Bold Thunder, who jumped out to an early advantage and went the opening quarter mile in :21 4/5 and the half in :45. Uncle Leo kept a watchful eye on the leader in second, while Carmouche bided his time along the rail, just behind the leaders, until the field straightened into the stretch.
Bold Thunder kept to his task, but Carmouche drove through an opening to take the lead in the final 70 yards and drew away late. Mongolian Saturday, the globe-trotting winner of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland, closed well late to get second.
Pure Sensation won the 2015 Turf Monster by a nose over Mongolian Saturday, then returned to the Philadelphia track to win the last two runnings of the G3 Parx Dash, most recently on July 8, drawing off by 5 ¾ lengths, with Mongolian Saturday second and Bold Thunder third. He's now won nine of 24 career starts and earned in excess of $1.25 million.
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