Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 6f ,)

YES IT'S TRUE (B h, 122 lb) $60,000
Is It True —Clever Monique , by Clever Trick
B—George Waggoner Stables Inc., KY.; O—Padua Stables; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Erlton (CH h, 122 lb) $15,000
Buckaroo —Am Sensational , by Deputy Minister
B—Kinsman Farm, FL.; O—New Farm; T—Ben W. Perkins, Sr.

Flying Griffoni (GR/RO g, 112 lb) $8,250
Tactical Advantage —Oriel , by Maudlin
B—Randy Mills, FL.; O—D. J. Stable LLC; T—John F. Dowd

Margins: 7, 4¼, 4¼. Others: Search for Luv 122($6,000) . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

Trainer Ben Perkins Sr. felt going into the Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. III) that the race belonged to Yes It’s True and that his charge, Erlton, was racing for second money. Well, that’s exactly what happened, after 1-5 favorite Yes It’s True passed Erlton in the stretch to win by seven lengths. Erlton, the 5-1 second choice, ended up 41/4 lengths ahead of Flying Griffoni.

The victory was Yes It’s True’s fourth triumph in five starts at six furlongs and was the colt’s second in as many races at Monmouth Park. As a 2-year-old last year, Yes It’s True won the Sapling Stakes (gr. III) at six furlongs over Erlton.

Yes It’s True went into the Jersey Shore Breeders’ Cup with the highest Beyer speed rating of any 3-year-old this year. The colt registered a 118 Beyer in winning the Maryland Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III) against older horses on May 15. In his next race, he won the Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) on June 5.

Yes It’s True races for Satish and Anne Sanan’s Padua Stables. The nursery bought Yes It’s True for $800,000 at the 1998 Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training. The price was the third-highest at the sale. Yes It’s True, who was named Es Verdad at the time, was consigned by Jerry Bailey Sales Agency. The colt made his first start the following month, winning a maiden race at Keeneland.

Yes It’s True was bred by George Waggoner Stables, and was foaled at Waggoner Farm near Lexington. George Waggoner sold Yes It’s True’s dam, Clever Monique, earlier this year to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Labin and Becky Thomas.

Is It True, sire of Yes It’s True, has sired seven stakes winners, including additional 1999 added-money winner True Lover (Aust-III). Owned by a partnership, Is It True stands for $6,500 at John T.L. Jones Jr.’s Walmac International near Lexington.—D.S.