10/02/2011 3:32PM

Monmouth: Sabercat dominates Garden State Stakes

Email
Deja Puglisi/EQUI-PHOTO
The 2-year-old sabercat, ridden by Angel Serpa, romps by six lengths in the Garden State Stakes.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Sabercat swept past the dueling pacesetters on his way to a six-length victory Sunday in the $75,000 Garden State Stakes for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park.

Jockey Angel Serpa perfectly positioned Sabercat third as Angel’s Tune and Purely Determined engaged in a prolonged battle for the lead. Once roused, Sabercat angled to the outside and blew by to earn a second straight win in his stakes debut.

“My horse had speed, but there was a lot of speed in there,” Serpa said. “I was told to sit just off the pace and come with one run and that’s exactly what I did.  He opened up in the stretch, and did the whole thing pretty easily.”

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Sabercat is now 2 for 2 since stretching out on the main track.

Sabercat paid $3.60 to win as he ran the mile and 70 yards in 1:41.94 on the track labeled good.

Angel’s Tune held on for second, a neck better than Purely Determined.

Clip the Coupons was fourth, followed by Slammin’ Slew and Yes He Did.