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Munnings' Victory Pretty as a Picture

Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Munnings, who has won only once in five previous starts, split horses in the lane Saturday afternoon and powered on to a 5 ¼-length victory in the 25th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Woody Stephens Stake for three-year-olds at seven furlongs.

Named for the late British equine artist, Sir Alfred Munnings, the Speightstown colt earned his first victory since breaking his maiden at first asking at Saratoga last July 26. He did it with a flair, as his time of 1:20.85 on the fast main track just missed Left Bank’s track record of 1:20.17, set on July 4, 2002. Left Bank, like Munnings, was trained by Todd Pletcher for owners Magnier, Tabor and Smith.

“I liked the way he had been training here, and he came into the race in good shape,” said winning trainer Todd Pletcher. “It was nice to see him deliver that performance. I thought his comeback race was better than most people thought because it was such a fast race. We talked about strategy a little bit. We felt we would be sitting off the leaders and in the pocket. We thought we would get lucky and get through on the inside. We had to wait longer than we anticipated. When it finally opened up, he accelerated and he kicked in big time. The obvious race we want to be ready for is the King’s Bishop [Grade 1, $300,000 NetJets King’s Bishop, 3yos, seven furlongs, Saratoga]Race Course, Shadwell Travers Day, Saturday, August 29]. It’s a matter of how we get there. I might consider the Dwyer [Grade 2, $200,000, 3yos, mile and a sixteenth, Saturday, July 4, Belmont Park] because of the spacing.”

Munnings bobbled at the start, but managed to secure inside position, as Triumphant Flight set a pace of 22.32 and 45.01 on the fast main track. Under jockey John Velazquez, he held that spot until midstretch, and when Triumphant Flight went one and Everyday Heroes went the other, Munnings shot through for the win, worth $9 to the $2 win players.

“We’ve always liked him,” Velazquez said. “Now he’s more mature and ready to roll. He saw the light and started to run. It has taken him some time to grow up and learn what to do but he’s shown us he knows.

Everyday Heroes suffered the first loss of his career, but headed Kensei for the place.

Hull, This Ones for Phil, Gone Astray, Hello Broadway and Triumphant Flight trailed.

Regal Ransom was scratched.


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