Summer Soiree leaves the rest behind in the Boiling Springs.

Summer Soiree leaves the rest behind in the Boiling Springs.

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Summer Soiree Steams Home in Boiling Springs

Team Valor's 3-year-old filly rebounds for trainer Graham Motion in her turf debut.

Making her turf debut, Summer Soiree disposed of pacesetter Salary Drive on the turn for home and romped to victory by  8 1/2 lengths in the $155,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park June 25 (VIDEO).

Gabriel Saez guided Summer Soiree, who made her turf debut for Team Valor International and trainer Graham Motion, the combination that won last month's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Animal Kingdom . Brereton C. Jones and Bret Jones bred the winning daughter of War Front --Mazel Tov (by Mazel Trick) in Kentucky.

Summer Soiree rebounded from a 10th-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 when she set a fast pace before giving way. She defeated eight rivals in the Boiling Springs while completing the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:42.89 on a turf rated "good."

Salary Drive, breaking from the rail for Elvis Trujillo, took the early lead from My Sunshine Gal and set an even pace as Summer Soiree advanced into second on the outside. Fractions were :24.32 and :48.58 before Summer Soiree took charge by two lengths while completing six furlongs in 1:12.12.

Summer Soiree responded to urging to draw away from a tiring Salary Drive. There were no challengers as Summer Soiree opened a four-length advantage at mid-stretch and she cruised home while kept busy by Saez.

“I wanted to sit off a couple of horses early on and see how she relaxes," the jockey said. "After the first quarter mile I put her in the clear and she wanted to go to the front. I wasn’t going to fight her, just let her go on with it. She’s something special.”

My Sunshine Gal angled to the outside in the lane and gained the runner-up spot by a head under Kendrick Carmouche. Hessonite and C.C. Lopez rallied from last to finish a willing third. Salary Drive held on for fourth.

Pontenuovo, the 5-2 favorite in her United States debut for trainer Patrick Biancone, finished last after checking in traffic a couple of times.

Winner of the Bourbonette Stakes March 26 by nearly 11 lengths at Turfway Park, Summer Soiree was making her second start for Motion in the Boiling Springs. She was previously trained by Larry Jones and his wife, Cindy. The bay filly has won three of four starts in 2011, her three tallies coming by a combined 29 lengths.

“She’s a real handful around the barn in the morning,” said Motion.  “When I saw her move to the lead early, I was a little worried, but I guess for no reason. I was happy to see her relax. Having sat off horses early on is going to help her a lot down the road.”

Overall, Summer Soiree is 4-0-3 in 10 starts with earnings of $221,680.

Sent off as the third choice, Summer Soiree carried top weight of 120 pounds and paid $9.40, $6 and $5.20. My Sunshine Gal, coming off a one-mile starter allowance victory on the Belmont Park turf June 3 for trainer Derek Ryan, returned $10.40 and $8.20 and completed an $89 exacta. New York-bred stakes winner Hessonite was $6 to show.

Salary Drive finished a half-length farther back, followed by second choice Artisanal, Oak Marsh, Janicellaine, Annabel Lee, and Pontenuovo.