Stylish Shows Her Class in Eatontown

(from track report)
Under a well-timed ride by Heberto Castillo Jr., The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Stylish was up at the wire for a neck victory in Saturday's $100,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.

The Bill Mott-trained mare ran down Something Ventured, who finished a head in front of Sweet Deimos in the 1 1/16-mile turf test for fillies and mares.

Stylish, the 2-1 favorite in the field of nine fillies and mares, raced the distance in 1:41 3/5 over the soft turf course and paid $6, $4, and $3.20 across the board. Something Ventured, who returned $4 and $2.80, completed the $31.20 exacta. Sweet Deimos showed for $6.20 and a $238 trifecta.

Stylish began her winning bid on the final turn and endured a long stretch drive.

"The pace was unbelievable," Castillo said, referring to splits of :22 1/5 for the quarter, :46 for the half and 1:10 2/5 for the six furlongs. "She was relaxed for the first half-mile. At the three-eighths pole I made my move. My mare just kept on running at the end."

This was the second straight score for Stylish, a daughter of Thunder Gulch who won the Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup Stakes in her previous try.

(Chart, Equibase)