09/05/2016 6:50PM

Doctor J Dub scores upset in Turf Monster

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Doctor J Dub, ridden by Sheldon Russell, wins the Grade 3 Turf Monster by half a length.

BENSALEM, Pa. – Doctor J Dub scored a big victory for trainer Jena Antonucci, jockey Sheldon Russell, and owner Drawing Away Stable in the Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster at Parx Racing on Monday.

Not only did Doctor J Dub score a $49.80 upset in the five-furlong turf stakes, he gave Antonucci her biggest win as a trainer and Russell his first stakes victory since he resumed his career in July following an eight-month injury-related absence.

Doctor J Dub was claimed by Drawing Away Stable for $16,000 at Gulfstream Park in January. He made his first seven starts for Maria Borell before being transferred to Antonucci.

Coming into the race, Doctor J Dub had been beaten in his last three starts in second-level optional-claiming races. The last two came in off-the-turf races at Saratoga.

"You can't enter on odds or other people's opinions," Antonucci said. "The horse was doing good, and we had weather delays at Saratoga twice where our races were taken off the turf."

In the Turf Monster, Doctor J Dub engaged 3-1 Pool Winner for the early lead, drew clear on the far turn, and then lasted by a half-length over runner-up Two Notch Road. Pool Winner hung on for third, a length farther back.

Power Alert, the 8-5 favorite, stumbled badly at the start. He finished strongly from well out in the track but could never make up the ground he lost leaving the gate and finished fifth.

Doctor J Dub was timed in 58.73 seconds. His victory was the first in a graded stakes for Antonucci, who has been training since 2010.

Russell suffered a serious shoulder injury in a training accident at Laurel Park last November. Following surgery and rehab, he was ready to begin his comeback in June, but his doctors advised him to give his shoulder another month to mend.

"This certainly is a big win," Russell said. "I was away for such a long time. It was a huge surgery, but my shoulder feels fine now."

Russell has long been one of the top riders in Maryland and is now 11 for 82 in his comeback. Doctor J Dub's victory may be just what it takes to jump-start his business.

Greenwood Cup: Scuba takes marathon on lead

Scuba galloped the competition into the ground in the 1 1/2-mile Greenwood Cup, winning with something left under Kendrick Carmouche.

The Grade 3, $200,000 Greenwood Cup was the first stakes win for Scuba, a 5-year-old son of Tapit.

Scuba moved up to take a clear lead soon after the start. Carmouche kept Scuba far off the inner rail throughout while clipping off fractions of 25.73 seconds, 51.55, 1:18.50, and 1:44.62. He crossed the wire five lengths in front.

Scuba paid $4.40 and completed the course in 2:32.76. Hawaakom finished second, 12 lengths ahead of Bodhisattva in third.

Scuba, trained by Brendan Walsh in Kentucky, is now 8 for 28 in his career. In his prior start, he was second behind Grade 1 winner Bradester in the Monmouth Cup, a Grade 2 race at 1 1/16 miles.

Turf Amazon: Lady Shipman wins comfortably

Lady Shipman turned in a workmanlike performance to comfortably win the $200,000 Turf Amazon under Joel Rosario.

Lady Shipman prompted the early pace outside of 30-1 Your Place or Mine, took control nearing the stretch of the five-furlong turf race, and then held Everything Lovely safe to score by a length.

"She broke so sharp, I just let her go," Rosario said. "She is a beautiful filly."

Lady Shipman, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, paid $2.60 to win in the seven-horse field and was timed in 58.06 seconds.

Everything Lovely, part of a Kathleen DeMasi-trained entry, saved ground behind the early leaders, came outside horses for the drive but could make little headway in the final furlong. Sunnysammi finished third at 17-1, 1 1/4 lengths behind Everything Lovely.

Joya Real, who was considered the stronger part of the DeMasi entry, finished sixth.

Randall Lowe, the owner and breeder of Lady Shipman, was in from Las Vegas for the race and said he'd like to go back to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint with Lady Shipman. Last year at Keeneland, Lady Shipman finished second by a neck to Mongolian Saturday in the BC Turf Sprint, which was run at 5 1/2 furlongs.

This year's race will be run Nov. 5 at 6 1/2 furlongs down the hill at Santa Anita.

Lady Shipman is now 13 for 19 in her career with earnings of $896,242. Three of her losses have come when facing males.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great ride Sheldon
Barbara Livingston More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to all involved - great job, and a very popular win!
Sal Agro More than 1 year ago
Jena Antonucci, fantastic work.