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Money Fromheaven Rides Rail to Upset Monday Feature
Multiple Stakes Winner Hello Beautiful 7th in Season Debut
Maryland Mo Gets it Done in Season & Turf Debut Monday
Huge Carryovers for Friday’s Return of Live Racing
LAUREL, MD – Make Family First Stable’s Money Fromheaven, making her 4-year-old debut and racing for the first time on grass in nearly two years, flashed her juvenile stakes-winning form with a gutsy rail-skimming victory in Monday’s featured ninth race at Laurel Park.
Trained by Hamilton Smith and ridden by Trevor McCarthy for his third win of the afternoon, Money Fromheaven ($14.60) won for the first time since her neck triumph in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship in December 2018, contested on the main track.
The Maryland-bred daughter of multiple Grade 2-winning sprinter Munnings raced only twice at 3 and was winless in three tries in 2020 with back-to-back seconds before racing in Maryland was paused in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Going into the race, I didn’t like the distance at all for her. She likes to go further, naturally,” Smith said. “We’ve been waiting three months and the owners wanted to run and I wanted to run. So we just took a shot and hoped that she’d run well, and she did.”
Glittering Judy was quickest from the gate and ran the opening quarter-mile in a brisk 21.68 seconds, tracked by 70-1 long shot More Or Less with Hello Beautiful in the clear in third. Glittering Judy was still in front after a half in 44.10 with a tight bunch behind her and Hello Beautiful attempting to get untracked on the far outside.
Meanwhile, McCarthy was unhurried after guiding Money Fromheaven to the rail from their post position outside all but two horses in the field of 12. They began to gain momentum once straightened for home and, despite being in close quarters between the rail and Midship Lady, were able to power through and steadily reel in Glittering Judy approaching the wire to win by three-quarters of a length.
“She ran real well. [McCarthy] rode a hell of a race, I thought. He got up through on the inside there. I don’t think he’d have had a shot if he tried to go around them, but he made a good decision,” Smith said. “We want to run her a little longer than we ran her today. She’s a nice filly. She’s a little tiny thing but she tries hard.”
The winning time was 1:01.71 for 5 ½ furlongs over a firm Dahlia turf course in the open third-level allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up. More Or Less was second, a nose ahead of Glittering Judy, with 50-1 long shot Quiet Imagination another length back in fourth.
Hello Beautiful, the 3-5 favorite off back-to-back stakes victories to cap her juvenile campaign last fall and winter, ran seventh in her seasonal debut and first time facing older horses. She is also winless now in three tries on the grass, with two seconds.
Maryland Mo Gets it Done in Season & Turf Debut Monday
Albert Frassetto’s 3-year-old Maryland Mo got a ground-saving trip under jockey Trevor McCarthy and was the beneficiary of a huge opening in the stretch to sprint clear of 11 rivals and capture his grass debut in Monday’s seventh race at Laurel Park.
Bred in Maryland by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds and trained by Graham Motion, Maryland Mo ($6.80) ran 1 1/16 miles over a firm Dahlia turf course in 1:41.63 as the 2-1 favorite in the $40,000 maiden special weight for 3-year-olds and up.
It was the second career start for Maryland Mo, who ran third in debut going a mile on the main track Oct. 3 at Laurel and showed some similar greenness after having cleared his competition Monday.
“He really exploded. He’s been showing a lot in the mornings and I was really shocked by his turn of foot today, but I didn’t expect him to do some of those moves at the end,” McCarthy said. “I’ve worked him on both surfaces, dirt and Tapeta, and it seems like he gets over the Tapeta way better. I even think he might be better on a firm turf. We’re really delighted with him.”
House Arrest, like Maryland Mo based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Md., broke sharply and was in front through fractions of 24.24 and 48.77 seconds under Feargal Lynch, pressed by Julian Pimentel and Lifespan to his outside. McCarthy Man Up Dude ranged up on the far outside to mount a challenge leaving the backstretch while McCarthy bided his time in fourth.
House Arrest held a short advantage over Lifespan as the field turned for home but then drifted a couple paths inward, allowing McCarthy and Maryland Mo plenty of room to scoot through and open up on the group, hitting the wire 2 ½ lengths in front. Bold Quest rallied for second, another 2 ½ lengths ahead of House Arrest, who held third by a nose over Lasting Image. It was another neck back to Champagne Diet in fifth.
“In the first turn he was just a little bit keen on me, but he relaxed really good the whole rest of the way down the backside. He got really comfortable and he just moved up, and I was following Julian and Feargal, the two horses that I wanted to follow,” McCarthy said. “Once I saw Julian kind of fading, I went to follow Feargal and just kind of tip outside of him, but when he had that little interaction turning for home and it opened up right in front of us, I didn’t even have to move him.”
Huge Carryovers for Return for Friday’s Return of Live Racing
Live racing will return to Laurel Park Friday, June 5 with a nine-race card and huge carryovers in the 50-cent Late Pick 5, 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $1 Super Hi-5 wagers.
Neither the Late Pick 5 nor the Rainbow 6 were solved Monday. The 6-5 favorite, Keepr in Spite, was the lone horse alive to take down both wagers and held a short lead nearing the wire but was edged late by Mary Alice ($7.80) to force carryovers of $73,628.67 in the Late Pick 5 and $31,438.17 in the Rainbow 6.
Tickets with four of five winners in the Late Pick 5 returned $736.70, while those with five of six winners in the Rainbow 6 were worth $1,668.06.
The Late Pick 5 begins in Race 5 Friday, with the Rainbow 6 kicking off in Race 4. There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $30,908.58 in the opener, scheduled for 12:40 p.m.
Notes: Jockey Trevor McCarthy registered a hat trick Monday aboard Chicken Dinner ($6.80) in Race 2, Maryland Mo ($6.80) in Race 7 and Money Fromheaven ($14.60) in Race 9. Xavier Perez rode back-to-back winners on The Magical One ($10.60) in Race 3 and Lion Lord ($5.80) in Race 4.