06/20/2012 12:39PM

Monmouth: Stoopendous Diva takes big jump following big win


OCEANPORT, N.J. – Mike Farro is looking to get a line on just how good Stoopendous Diva might be. The feature on Friday at Monmouth Park will help answer that question.

Stoopendous Diva has the rail in a second-level optional $32,000 claimer for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.

Farro, who trains the Monmouth division for wife Patricia, claimed Stoopendous Diva for $12,500 last time out for owners Alma and Roy Lomas.

It was a good time to reach in. Stoopendous Diva drew off to a 12 1/4 length victory while posting a career-best 86 Beyer Speed Figure.

“It looks like we made a decent claim,” Farro said. “Now we just want to see how good she is.”

Stoopendous Diva is already a well-traveled 4-year-old, having shuttled between Tampa Bay Downs and Northland Park in Edmonton before making her Monmouth debut in the race from which she was claimed. She is stakes-placed, having run second in Northland’s Sonoma Handicap last summer.

Stoopendous Diva was not on Farro’s radar until turning up in the Monmouth entries.

“The owners picked her out,” Farro said. “They like horses coming from Tampa and we saw that she had been running for more money than the claiming price. It looked like it was a good time to get her.”

Stoopendous Diva is one of three runners in the eight-horse field carrying the $32,000 claiming tag.

For handicappers, a major concern is a possible “bounce,” a regression following a career-best effort.

“We gave her some time and we breezed her,” Farro said. “I don’t think she’ll bounce. She won easy that day. It looked like a cakewalk. Hopefully, she’s good enough for this.”

Elvis Trujillo retains the mount.

Daddy’s Honor also wintered at Tampa, cruising to a second-level allowance win there in her most recent effort for trainer Jorge Navarro.

Minesave is the other last-out winner in the race, a rallying victory last month here in a first-level allowance. The 3-year-old trained by Bret Calhoun is making only her third start and is unbeaten in two races since switching from turf to the main track.

Nuffsaid Nuffsaid finds an easier spot following three straight stakes appearances, including graded races at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct.

She debuted here last fall, rallying to get second. Trainer Mark Hennig will add blinkers in an effort to get her back in a competitive groove.