Jockey “Jersey Joe” Bravo angled Speaking of Which out for the drive at the top of the straight before drawing clear in the lane to capture the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes by a length and a half as Strong Impact went from last to first to take the $60,000 John McSorley Stakes at Monmouth Park before a Sunday crowd of 14,341.
Owned by Moyglare Stud Farm, Speaking of Which covered the mile and an eighth over firm turf in 1:46 1/5 and paid $9.60, $5.40 and $4. Hangover Kid rallied along the inside to complete the $130.40 exacta and returned $14.60 and $8.20. It was another half-length back to Winning Cause, who paid $7.20 to show. Lochte, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 14 never factored and finished 13th.
“I went over the race this morning with Christophe (trainer Clement),” said Bravo. “We wanted to sit close, but just off the pace. It worked out perfectly and we were able to sit the pocket right in behind. In this big field, it was all about getting the trip. Turning for home, we were able to split horses and he sure came running.”
A 5-year-old trained by Christophe Clement, who won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday with Tonalist, Speaking of Which is an Irish-bred son of Invincible Spirit. Sunday's win was his fifth in 14 starts and boosted his earnings to $327,918.
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