Boisterous wins the Monmouth Stakes.

Boisterous wins the Monmouth Stakes.

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Boisterous Bounces Away in Monmouth Stakes

Six-year-old homebred earns a popular victory for Phipps Stable and Shug McGaughey.

Favored Boisterous  salvaged a rough weekend for Phipps Stable and trainer Shug McGaughey with a timely 1 1/4-length victory in the $202,500 Monmouth Stakes (gr. IIT) (VIDEO) on the turf June 9 at Monmouth Park.

The 6-year-old homebred by Distorted Humor was given a textbook ride to a confident victory by John Velazquez with the late-firing Big Blue Kitten  second and pacesetter Two Notch Road third.

A day earlier at Belmont Park, the winning connections lost Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) winner Point of Entry  to a slight condylar fracture and saw Belmont Stakes (gr. I) favorite Orb  (owned in partnership with Stuart S. Janney) struggle to finish third. The outlook is favorable for Point of Entry, scheduled for surgery June 10 after claiming his fifth grade I victory in the Manhattan.

In his first start at Monmouth, Boisterous, the even-money favorite in the field of eight, ran the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:48.84 over a turf course rated good.

"I had the absolute perfect trip all the way around there," said Velazquez. "We got squeezed around the quarter pole but once we got to the outside it was over. It's fun to ride ones like this."

With a couple of scratches moving Boisterous to the inside post, Velazquez sat perfectly in fourth at the rail through much of the race as 56-1 Two Notch Road set off the lead under Shannon Uske. Two Notch Road cleared the field and set a pedestrian pace (:24.62, :49.20, 1:13.17) over 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) winner Wrote  and Tune Me In while tracking one to two lengths back.

Angled out for the drive, Boisterous closed to within 1 1/2 lengths of Two Notch Road mid-stretch before running down the front-runner and drawing off in the closing stages. Blue Kitten Road, last to the far turn for Joe Bravo, charged on the inside of Rahystrada in the lane, was forced to wait a bit for room, and burst home in the final furlong to edge Two Notch Road by a neck for second.

Rahystrada was fourth, followed by Hobbs, Star Channel, Tune Me In, and Wrote.

With 10 wins from 24 starts and six graded stakes victories to his credit, Boisterous is closing in on $1 million in career earnings with $937,910. The dark bay was bred by Cynthia Phipps out of the grade I-placed Cox's Ridge mare Emanating.

Boisterous was coming off a runner-up finish to Successful Dan in his seasonal debut in the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland April 21. He carried 116 pounds, seven fewer than he had in the Ben Ali, and paid $4, $2.40, $2.20. Second choice Big Blue Kitten returned $2.80 and $2.80 and was part of a $10.20 exacta. Two Notch Road paid $10.20.

Learn was scratched and Warrioroftheroses was entered for the main track only.