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Monster Sleeping Wakes Up To Win Maryland Million Ladies
LAUREL, MD. 10-19-13---Charles J. Reed’s Monster Sleeping stalked the pace, then powered by the frontrunners to win the $125,000 Maryland Million Ladies on the turf.
Kept to task by Jose Garcia for trainer Dale Capuano, the daughter of Oratory beat Daydreamin Gracie by two lengths, as defending champion Pagan Priestess was along to take third.
“She broke very sharp,” Garcia said. “After a couple jumps the eight (Mystic Love) and ten (Daydreamin Gracie) wanted to go, so I backed her off into third position. I waited and when it was time to go at the quarter pole I asked her for run and she gave it to me. It was a perfect trip.”
The filly has finished in the money 10 times in 14 starts during her 4-year old campaign. This was Monster Sleeping’s first victory over the grass. In her previous start she finished third in Laurel Park’s Jameela Stakes.
“We had been preparing for this race for quite a while,” Capuano said. “She usually breaks well and today she broke sharp and raced like we hoped she would. We put a lot of time and effort into getting her ready and it paid off today.”
The victory was the 10th on Maryland Million day for Capuano, which moves him into a tie atop the standings with King Leatherbury. Leatherbury has a chance to move back into sole possession for first place with Ben’s Cat in the $125,000 Maryland Million Turf later on the card.
Monster Sleeping covered the nine furlong distance over the good turf in 1:53.54 and paid $10.20.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.