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Monmouth: Street Gem looks for avoid any further bumps in Revidere
By Mike Farrell
OCEANPORT, N.J. – Street Gem, disqualified from a stakes placing last time out, gets another chance to earn her first black type on Sunday in the $60,000 Revidere Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf at Monmouth Park.
She faces six rivals in the 1 1/16-mile race in her first start since the Little Silver Stakes here on Memorial Day.
An in-the-money finish in a stakes is always valuable on a filly’s r é sum é . Trainer Kathleen O’Connell said she thought Street Gem had accomplished that in the Little Silver.
Dropping farther off the pace than usual, Street Gem made a strong inside move on the final turn and was full of run entering the stretch.
All that was needed was a clear path when Daniel Coa angled her off the fence. It wasn’t there.
Street Gem bumped Rhythm Queen before cutting back toward the rail, splitting rivals on her way to a fast-closing second. After a lengthy review, the stewards took down Street Gem’s number, placing her fifth.
O’Connell, understandably, saw it differently.
“Of course, everybody was upset,” O’Connell said. “I think the call could have gone either way, and I’m trying to be fair about it. Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way.”
Street Gem was the trailer at one point in the nine-horse Little Silver, an unusual position for a filly normally no worse than second in the early portions of her races.
“It was just the way she got out of the gate,” O’Connell said. “I was more than happy that they didn’t rush her up. Did I want to be that far back? No. She seems to have matured and she’s handling everything better. What got the jock in trouble last time is that when you push the button, she does accelerate.”
Coa has the return call on Street Gem.
Skyfall also returns from the Little Silver. After battling for the lead, she finished fourth. In the revised order following the disqualification, Skyfall was elevated into the show spot.
Elvis Trujillo will ride for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Zenzara raced well in her turf debut, closing to get third in the Hilltop Stakes on the Black-Eyed Susan undercard at Pimlico.
Stewart Elliott will again be aboard for trainer John Servis.
Coarsegold is the other filly in the field with stakes experience, running fourth most recently in the Miss Otis at Belmont Park following a close second in the Secret Grace at Gulfstream Park.
Cat’s Holiday, Alydorable, and Queen of Rock complete the field.
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