No Problem For No Such Word in Monmouth Oaks
Brereton Jones’ homebred No Such Word captured her third stakes win this season Aug. 14, drawing away in the stretch to convincingly win the $200,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) (VIDEO) under Terry Thompson.
The 3-year-old daughter of Canadian Frontier raced well back in fourth along the early stages of the 1 1/16-mile contest, inched closer on the second turn, and took overturning for home. She easily pulled clear of her closest challenger, Patriotic Viva, approaching the eighth-pole and held off a belated charge by Seeking the Title to score by 1 1/2 lengths.
No Such Word, the 6-5 choice, crossed the wire in a final time of 1:45.10 on the fast dirt. Seeking the Title, with Julien Leparoux aboard, was eight lengths clear of third-place C C's Pal, the early pacesetter.
“She likes to sit off and have something to run at,” Thompson said. “The race looked like (Joe) Bravo (Patriotic Viva’s jockey) may get alone on the lead, so Larry (Jones) said if that was the case to commit a little early, but another horse went with her for a while so we sat off. I knew the outside horse (Seeking the Title) would be running late so I wanted to make sure I got the jump on her. The trip set up ideally for us.”
Earlier this season, No Such Word won the Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park for her first black-type victory. After being twice graded stakes placed, she triumphed by a neck in the Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park on June 5. The bay filly entered the Monmouth Oaks off a fourth-place effort in the Delaware Oaks (gr. II) last month.
Trained by Cindy Jones, the winner is out of the It’s Freezing mare Muskoka Ice. She has banked $383,213 from a career record of 5-1-2 in 13 starts.
“I was a little concerned down the backside when I saw they were setting slow fractions,” Jones said. “She was a little further back than she normally is. Terry did a great job of letting her get into the race and when he called upon her she responded well like she always does. We’ll let her tell us when she’s ready, and then we’ll start looking for her next race.”
No Such Word returned $4.40, $2.60, and $2.10. Seeking the Title completed a $12 exacta and paid $2.60 and $2.20. The trifecta was $45.40.
Patriotic Viva was fourth, followed by Worship the Moon, and Absinthe Minded, who was pulled up on the far turn after checking baldy.
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