Summer Colony Favored, but Enjoy Worth Watching

The field is small but select and that's enough for Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) to live up to.

Top weight and likely favorite in the 1 1/8-mile test for fillies and mares is Edward P. Evans' Summer Colony (120), who holds the distinction of being the last filly to beat Horse of the Year Azeri.

But Beau Greely has a filly named Enjoy who demands attention, especially off her last race when she finished second to Azeri.
"She's run four good races in row now," said Greely, who owns and trains the 4-year-old filly by Roar. "We're delighted with her."

Enjoy arrived at Monmouth Wednesday and Thursday morning was out for an easy gallop.

"She won't do much before the race," Greely said. "She had her breeze for this (six furlongs in 1:14 at Hollywood on June 15) and she's ready to roll."

Greely, who shipped in Like a Hero to run third behind War Emblem and Magic Weisner in last year's Haskell Invitational (gr. I) last year, thinks he has a big chance to take home a top prize at Monmouth this season.

Enjoy, who raced only once as a 3-year-old, has been improving right through the winter and spring. She broke her maiden on the grass at Golden Gate Fields on March 6, and then sailed through allowance victories at Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park before taking on Azeri in the Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) on May 24. Getting 11 pounds from the champion, Enjoy came from last to be second, beaten three lengths by Azeri and three lengths in front of the third horse.

"I thought she ran a credible race for her first time in a graded stakes," Greely said. "Azeri had all the speed, and it's no secret that my filly's best race is coming off the pace. I guess you could say that finishing second to Azeri was her best race so far."

Greely knows that Enjoy will need to have her running shoes on Saturday.

"Summer Colony is definitely the horse to beat," Greely said, "but I think we fit with the others in there. As long as the heat and humidity doesn't get to her, she'll run her race."

$300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), fillies and mares 3 & up, 1 1/8 mile
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Summer Colony (KY), 120, Gary L. Stevens
2. She's Got the Beat (NY), 112, Jean-Luc Samyn
3. Call an Audible (KY), 110, Joe Bravo
4. Enjoy (KY), 114, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
5. Alchemilla (KY), 113, Shaun Bridgmohan