Tricky Escape broke slow and was shuffled back going around the first turn before saving all the ground and splitting horses late in the stretch to take the Grade 3, $100,000 Violet Stakes by a length and a quarter Saturday at Monmouth Park.
Trained by Lynn Ashby, Tricky Escape stopped the timer at 1:49.91 for the mile and an eighth on the firm turf course and paid $12.40, $5.60, and $3.40. Light Up Our World completed the $45.20 exacta as the 2-1 favorite and paid $3.20 and $2.60. It was just a head back to Gianna's Dream, who paid $3.20 to show.
“I wanted to be up close, but when we broke a few horses came over on me and then I had to check going into the first turn, so I wound up in the back,” said winning rider Chris Decarlo. “On the backside, the field cleared me and I was able to get over to the rail. I had to take so much of a hold of her early, I was a little afraid I was going to discourage her, but that definitely wasn't the case.”
The 4-year-old daughter of Hat Trick out of the Petionville mare Island Escape boosted her record to 3-4-2 in 11 career starts. It was the first graded stakes victory for the filly, trainer and owner.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, August 20 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post12:50 p.m.
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