Unforgettable Max, heavily favored at odds of 9-10, ran to a 2 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $70,000 Frisk Me Now Stakes at Monmouth Park, but disappointed his backers anyway when disqualified for causing interference on the first turn, moving Pretty Wild into the winner's circle.
In the day's other feature, Lael Stable's High Court, a Brazilian-bred filly making her U.S. debut, won the $60,000 Fort Monmouth Stakes.Unforgettable Max, ridden by Eibar Coa, came in approaching the clubhouse turn, forcing Vinemeister to stumble. Jockey Jose Velez Jr., the rider of Vinemeister, lodged an objection after the stewards launched an inquiry, and Velez's claim of foul was upheld. Unforgettable Max was placed last.Mrs. E. Paul Robsham's Pretty Wild, ridden by Aaron Gryder, took the winner's share of $42,000, bringing his career total to $301,680. The 4-year-old colt by Wild Again, trained by Stanley Hough, paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.60 across the board in winning the first stakes of his career.First Lieutenant, who finished third, was placed second to complete the $34.60 exacta. Cool N Collective was moved into the third spot.Unforgettable Max raced the one mile over a fast main track in 1:35 1/5.In the Fort Monmouth at one mile on turf, High Court made a determined run through the stretch under Chris DeCarlo to score by nearly two lengths over Delta Princess, the 5-2 favorite.A daughter of Blush Rambler, who had won graded stakes in her home country, raced the mile in 1:36 and returned $17.60, $9.40 and $5.80 across the board. She topped a $109.60 exacta. Mrs. M finished third.
Michael Matz trains High Court, who had won four of six starts in Brazil before coming to the U.S. in March.(Chart, Equibase)