09/01/2013 6:23PM

Monmouth Park: Dunkin Bend takes Sapling; Miss Behaviour romps in Sorority

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Miss Behaviour, ridden by Garry Cruise, wins the Sorority Stakes by 8 1/4 lengths Sunday at Monmouth Park.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Trainer Steve Asmussen won the Grade 3 Sapling Stakes for the fifth time with Dunkin Bend, and Miss Behaviour romped in the Sorority Stakes for fillies, as Monmouth Park presented its premier 2-year-old stakes Sunday.

The $96,000 Sapling and the $104,000 Sorority were the last major stakes of the meet.

Dunkin Bend rallied widest of all to take the four-horse Sapling by 1 1/4 lengths over Yes I’m Lucky. Ricardo Santana Jr. was aboard as Dunkin Bend, the even-money favorite, improved to 2 for 3 in his stakes debut.

Run for Logistics broke poorly, and jockey Gabriel Saez lost the irons. As a result, he was far off the early pace. The remaining three ran as a pack, and it became a four-way scramble as Run for Logistics caught up with an inside run at the top of the lane.

Through the stretch, Dunkin Bend had all the momentum.

“It appeared to me today that he will stretch out and relax,” owner Michael Langford said. “He never had a chance to relax until today, and that wasn’t a bunch of bums he beat out there. It was a nice group of horses.”

It was the first career defeat for Yes I’m Lucky after three wins, including the Tyro Stakes, the Sapling prep.
Run for Logistics salvaged the show spot over Foileen, giving trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. the second- and third-place finishers.

Asmussen has dominated the Sapling since first winning the race in 2005. He still has a way to go to catch D. Wayne Lukas, the all-time leader with eight Sapling victories.

Dunkin Bend paid $4 to win. The time was 1:11.82 for six furlongs.

Miss Behaviour crushed the competition in the Sorority, improving to 2 for 2 with an 8 1/4-length win over Yes Liz, the 2-1 favorite. She debuted with easy win against statebreds at Parx Racing, an effort that was well-respected by the Sorority bettors who made her the 3-1 third choice. Once again, Miss Behaviour was in total command.

Flay Mignon broke on top in the eight-horse field, trying to replicate her victory in the Colleen Stakes, the Sorority prep.

Miss Behaviour was right on the leader’s tail, full of run for jockey Garry Cruise. Miss Behaviour took over midway on the turn and waltzed home with no competition in sight.

“It was easy,” Cruise said. “After about 100 yards, I thought, ‘I’ve got this.’ I just had so much horse. She was taking me through the race every step. I asked her for more, and she said, ‘How much would you like?’ ”

Trained by Phil Schoenthal, Miss Behaviour ran the six furlongs in 1:11.54. She paid $8.20 to win.

Mallory Street was third, followed by Aibhilin, Pray a Novena, Del Mar Holiday, Flay Mignon and Sara Bay.