WinStar Farm’s Savvy Supreme made her two-turn debut a winning one in the $159,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) (VIDEO), as she dug in late to hold off favored Miss Valentine Aug. 13 at Monmouth Park.
It was the first graded stakes victory for the 3-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor
, who scored by 1 3/4 lengths and covered 1 1/16 miles on the fast dirt in 1:43.27 with Elvis Trujillo aboard. Todd Pletcher trains Savvy Supreme, who is out of the Storm Bird mare Outsource. She is a full sister to multiple grade I winner Commentator
The bay filly was bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones and Racehorse Management.
Savvy Supreme sat just off the leading pair of My Sunshine Gal
and Coco Ecolo
through fractions of :23.12, :46.32, and 1:10.63. She bid three-wide on the far turn and took over entering the stretch. Miss Valentine rallied from off the pace under Joe Bravo to challenge in upper stretch, but Savvy Supreme found more and went on to win comfortably.
After a brief inquiry and objection by Bravo, the Oaks result was declared official.
“We had the perfect trip,” said Trujillo. “I was able to sit just off the speed duel. She shied away from the left hand whip, so I switched over to the right down the stretch. She was impressive today. There was no way that other horse was going to catch her.”
Savvy Supreme won for the third time in six starts and upped her bankroll to $177,525. All of her starts have come this year, including a runner-up finish last out in an overnight stakes July 15 at Belmont. The filly was sixth in the Acorn (gr. I) earlier in the summer and also won the Classy Mirage Stakes at Belmont.
“She just got here this morning," said Pletcher's assistant Anthony Sciametta Jr. "Coming out of sprints, we thought she’d be in front, but those two other horses (My Sunshine Gal and Coco Ecolo) went really fast early. We were able to sit in third just off the speed. Everything worked out perfectly for us. I’m not sure where she’ll go next. I would imagine she’ll ship back to Saratoga in a couple of days.”
Savvy Supreme returned $17, $7.60, $5.20 as the fourth choice in the field of 11 3-year-old fillies. Miss Valentine paid $3.60 and $2.80, and filled out a $55 exacta (4-3). It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Withgreatpleasure ($4) in third. The trifecta (4-3-8) was worth $214.20 for $1.
Savvy Supreme was purchased for $520,000 at the Keeneland 2008 September yearling sale. She was consigned by Airdrie Stud, agent.