Humoristic Leaves Backers Smiling in Violet

Outsider Humoristic took the lead on the top of the turn for home and held off the late charge of 6-5 favorite Delta Princess to win the $150,000 Violet Stakes (gr. IIIT) Friday night on the turf at the Meadowlands.

Humoristic, sent off at odds of 28-1, covered the 1 1/16-mile distance on firm going in 1:42.1. It was the filly's first stakes victory.

Harry Vega guided Humoristic ($58.40, $16.80, $7.00) to a three-length victory over Delta Princess ($3.20, $2.60). It was a half-length back to Brunilda ($6.80) in third.

"She was really pulling me, tugging right along," said Vega. "She wanted to go on the turn so I just let her. When you look at this filly, it takes a lot to get her going. I didn't think I would get that close to the pace. It's a good feeling to win these kinds of races."

Hamilton A. Smith trains the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred bay daughter of Sefapiano-Latania.

Humoristic now has seven wins, two seconds and three thirds from 23 career starts and earnings of $273,929 for owner-breeder Mrs. Arturo Peralta Ramos.

Natalie Beach ran fourth, followed by Minge Cove, Path of Thunder, Relaxed, Fortunate Damsel, Sharp Needle, Smart N Classy and Coherent.

Bright Abundance, Diavla, Grab Bag, Jacqui's Promise, Schedule and Snowdrops scratched.

(Chart, Equibase)