08/13/2011 5:45PM

Monmouth: Savvy Supreme stays put after stewards' inquiry in Monmouth Oaks

Bill Denver/Equiphoto
Savvy Supreme, ridden by Elvis Trujillo, has trouble maintaining a straight course through the stretch, but still prevails in the Monmouth Oaks.

OCEANPORT, N.J. - Savvy Supreme and jockey Elvis Trujillo survived a stewards’ inquiry to win the Grade 3, $159,000 Monmouth Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

Savvy Supreme surged to the front midway on the final turn and led by one length turning for home. She started to drift out in the lane, even with Trujillo whipping from the right side, and eventually wandered into the path of the oncoming Miss Valentine.

After a review, the stewards ruled that the drift did not affect the outcome of the race, and the result stood.

“We had the perfect trip,” Trujillo said.  “I was able to sit just off the speed duel.  She shied away from the left hand whip, so I switched over to the right down the stretch.  She was impressive today.  There was no way that other horse [Miss Valentine] was going to catch her.”

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Savvy Supreme earned her first graded stakes victory, and third win overall in six starts. The 1 1/16 miles was farther than she had ever run. The time was 1:43.27 on the fast track as Savvy Supreme paid $17 to win.

Miss Valentine, winner of the Serena’s Song, the Monmouth Oaks prep, finished 1 3/4 lengths behind the winner. Withgreatpleasure got third followed by Strike the Moon, the Delaware Oaks runner-up; Canadian Mistress, sent out by the training team of Larry and Cindy Jones who won the previous three runnings of the Monmouth Oaks; Daring Reality; Marvel Gaye; Marion Ravenwood; My Sunshine Gal and Dance Quietly, Savvy Supreme’s uncoupled stablemate in the Pletcher barn.
Coco Ecolo was eased.

Candy Eclair: Suzzona collects 20th victory

Suzzona, a veteran of the Mid-Atlantic filly and mare turf sprint wars, earned her 20th career victory as she rallied to beat Out Post by 1 3/4 lengths in the $67,750 Candy Éclair Stakes. Silver Rock got third.

A 7-year-old, Suzzona broke sharply before yielding to sit fourth in the early stages. Turning for home, Out Post emerged with a clear lead, only to find Suzzona and jockey Julien Pimentel relentlessly bearing down on her.

Suzzona, trained by Ben Feliciano Jr., ran the 5 1/2 furlongs on the firm turf in 1:02.07. She paid $4.20 in posting her fourth win in six starts this year.