- Royal Currier — Hockessin S. (DEL)
- Trained by David Jacobson for Gold Square LLC
- Falling Sky — Donald Levine Memorial H. (PRX)
- Trained by George Weaver for Newtown Anner Stud and Joseph Bulger
- Bred in Pennsylvania by Copper Penny Stables LLC
- Medea — G3 Eatontown S. (MTH)
- Trained by Francis Abbott, III for Cornerstone Thoroughbreds LLC
- Amherst Street — Coin Collector S. (CT)
- Trained by Javier Contreras for Phyllis M. Susini LLC
- Bred in West Virginia by James W. Casey
- Lady Sabelia — Red Cross S. (MTH)
- Trained by Robin Graham for Mrs. Frank P. Wright[/boxify]
In the weekend’s biggest race in the mid-Atlantic, Medea took advantage of a somewhat depleted field — favored Orion Moon and 8-1 shot Lady Ten both scratched — to post a mild upset in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes over the Monmouth Park turf on Saturday.
The five year-old mare, trained by Francis Abbott, III for owner/breeder Cornerstone Thoroughbreds LLC, came three wide in the stretch and outfought her rivals to post a one-length victory in the 1 1/16 mile test. The first six finishers were all within two lengths of the winner.
“She broke well and we got set up perfectly,” said winning jockey Forest Boyce in a release. “I was confident in her the whole time. I had plenty of horse. She’s a pretty gritty filly.”
Medea, by Danehill Dancer out of the unraced Giant’s Causeway mare Scoop of Gold, made her stakes debut in the Eatontown. She has three wins and seven other in-the-money finishes from 11 career starts, with earnings of $195,345.
Undefeated Amherst Street kept his perfect record intact with a gritty win in the Coin Collector Stakes on Saturday at Charles Town, but it wasn’t easy. The sophomore son of Luftikus wore down speedy Aly’s Tap for a neck victory that was secured only in the last jump. The win ran Amherst Street’s record to six wins from six starts, but he bled during the race, which forced jockey Antonio Lopez to hop off immediately after pulling him up, and had to be vanned off.
- The talented Lady Sabelia earned the second stakes win of her career with a dominating 2 1/2 length score in the Red Cross Stakes at Monmouth under Horacio Karamanos. The four year-old daughter of Majestic Warrior now has four wins — two in stakes company — from nine starts, with earnings of $181,100.
- Pennsylvania-bred Falling Sky bested nine rivals to take the Levine Memorial at Parx Racing under jockey Edgar Prado. Sitting an ideal trip, he took over from leader Traffic Light in mid-stretch and then held off late running Mezzano by a half-length. It was the third career stakes win for the four year-old Lion Heart colt, and his second this year.
- No runners from the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll were in action this weekend.
- Flattering Bea, another runner we’ve seen often in the mid-Atlantic, found the water a little deeper than she’d have liked in the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses at Belmont Park on Saturday. The four year-old Flatter filly finished ninth of 10 and was beaten by 12 lengths.