09/26/2008 11:00PM

Foggy divisions of NATC


There was one romp and one squeaker in the NATC Futurities at Monmouth Park, with Forty Thieves dominating the males and even-money R Betty Graybull just getting up among the fillies.

Both futurities were run at six furlongs for purses of $200,000 in races restricted to horses registered with the National Association of Two-Year-old Consignors and sold this year.

Forty Thieves, with Rafael Mojica Jr, aboard, emerged from the dense fog at Monmouth the winner by 5 1/2 lengths over favored Valiancy.

Forty Thieves set the half-mile fraction of 44.73 seconds and had a four-length lead at the top of the stretch, Valiancy, with Joe Bravo riding, rallied down the stretch but came nowhere near the winner. Pray for Action was 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

Winning trainer Steve Klesaris said he had no immediate race plans for Forty Thieves, whose record stands at 2 for 2, but that "obviously, he's got a great future ahead of him.

Forty Thieves finished in 1:09.85 and paid $7.80 as the third choice in the field of six.

In the fillies' division, the even-money R Betty Graybull followed up her maiden victory with a late-charging neck victory over Kays and Jays, with Trusty Temper another 1 1/2 lengths back in third.

Ridden by Carlos Marquez Jr. for trainer Alan Seewald, R Betty Graybull ($4) finished in 1:10.64.