Pin Oak Stable's homebred Broken Vow posted a two-length win over First Lieutenant in Sunday's $350,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth Park. The win marks the first in a grade II race for the 4-year-old son of Unbridled.
The 7-10 favorite and 119-pound highweight, Broken Vow kept pacesetter North East Bound honest through the opening fractions, took the lead on the second turn, and drew away in the stretch under jockey Ramon Dominguez en route to the victory. First Lieutenant closed well for second, finishing seven lengths clear of Sir Bear. North East Bound and Knock Again completed the order of finish in the five-horse field.
Broken Vow completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.55 on a fast track and returned $3.40, $2.40, and $2.10. First Lieutenant paid $3.60 and $2.10. Sir Bear was worth $2.10 to show. The winning exacta combination paid $2.10.
Broken Vow earned $210,000 for the win, his ninth in 12 career starts. The H. Graham Motion trainee earned his third consecutive win in the Iselin, a streak that began after a third-place finish in the Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) in June. Earlier this year, Broken Vow won the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland after finishing third in Sir Bear's Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. I). (Chart, Equibase