Weekend Recap 5/12

Pass You Bye Bye takes the Decathlon at Monmouth

 Monmouth Park kicked off the season on Saturday in a quagmire of a sloppy track that echoed back to the 2007 Breeders’ Cup there.  However in the $75,000 Decathlon Stakes it was Pass You Bye Bye who got up in the final yards to win the opening day feature.  Sent off at odds of 3/1 in a scratch-laden field of six, Pass You Bye Bye sat back in third early on as Luckysdream (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) and Diski Dance both went out and battled for the early lead.  The race changed right off the back when favored Travelin Man (BetPTC.com Top Selection) broke slowly and came away last.  Travelin Man started making up ground down on the rail on the turn and made a bold move at the top of the lane, but he got blocked at one point in the stretch and couldn’t get his momentum going again.  Luckysdream dug in and put away Diski Dance, but couldn’t hold off Pass You Bye Bye and Julian Pimentel.  Pass You Bye Bye completed the six furlongs in 1:09.34 over the sloppy going.  Luckysdream finished second, while Diski Dance ran third, ahead of Travelin Man who finished up in fourth.

Charlie Em holds on to win the Senorita Stakes at Hollywood Park

 Charlie Em held on gamely down the stretch to hold off favored Scarlett Strike to win the $100,000 Senorita Stakes at Hollywood Park.  Charlie Em fell into a nice trip early on as Disko Dasko went out and set a pretty strong pace early, while Charlie Em sat in second.  Garrett Gomez and Charlie Em took over the lead at the top of the stretch while favored Scarlet Strike (BetPTC.com Top Selection) came roaring four wide off the turn.  Scarlet Strike set dead aim at Charlie Em, but fell a head short at the wire.  Long shot Kyriaki (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) rallied up to finish third and complete a nice trifecta worth a hundred bucks.

The Came Home Stakes wasn’t nearly as competitive at the wire as Let Em Shine (BetPTC.com Top Selection) absolutely blitzed his competition to go wire to wire to win by four and three quarter lengths.  Sent off as the even money favorite, Let Em Shine and Edwin Maldonado opened up four and a half down the backstretch, but Broadway Magic and Scherer Magic came to within a length and a half going into the turn.  But Let Em Shine kicked clear down the lane and pulled away, as Broadway Empire held second ahead of Treasury Bill (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection). 

Good Deed completes banner day for Shaun Bridgmohan

 Good Deed was an impressive winner in the $65,000 Unbridled Sidney Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs.  Sent off as the 5/2 co-second choice, Good Deed and Shawn Bridgmohan hooked up early on with Palazzo Babe (BetPTC.com Top Selection) and those two battled early on in the five furlong turf sprint.  They came into the stretch as one, but Good Deed kicked away and gave Bridgmohan his fifth consecutive winner on the card.  Palazzo Babe was the second place finisher while 12/1 Formal Plan (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) got up to complete the trifecta.

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