Sunday, Monmouth Park
, $101,000, MTH, 9-2, 2yo, 6f, 1:10 2/5, ft.
1--#@BRAVE DAVE, 121, c, 2, by Put It Back
1st Dam: Sing That Song, by Songandaprayer
2nd Dam: Mighty Rose, by Mighty Appealing
3rd Dam: Medaille D'Rose, by Medaille D'Or
O-David Melin & Laurie Plesa; B-David Melin, Bea Oxenberg & Eddie Plesa Jr (FL); T-Edward Plesa Jr; J-Paco Lopez. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $91,100. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 121, c, 2, Johannesburg--Quiet City, by Carson City. ($40,000 wlng '10 KEENOV; $230,000 2yo '12 OBSMAR). O-Mike McCarty; B-John H Clarke, Kim & Rodney Nardelli (KY); T-Steven M Asmussen. $20,000.
, 121, c, 2, Majestic Warrior
--Sparkling Forest, by Forest Wildcat. ($25,000 yrl '11 FTMOCT; $300,000 2yo '12 OBSMAR). O-Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith; B-Barbara Reid & Dan Ryan (PA); T-Todd A Pletcher. $10,000.
Margins: 3/4, 4HF, 4HF. Odds: 1.70, 6.50, 1.90.
Also Ran: Bobcat Jim, Coach A. J., Tap and Trade. Scratched: Keep the Canoli, Lawn Man, Lucci The Lion, Overanalyze. Click for the brisnet.com chart or the brisnet.com PPs. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
After breaking his maiden on debut at Calder June 30, Brave Dave chased the pace in the GII Sanford S. at Saratoga July 22. He lost all chance at victory that day when blowing the turn, but regained momentum in the final furlong to re-rally for fourth. Sent off the favorite here, the homebred stumbled from the gate but nonetheless sprang to the lead and set a hot early pace. Confronted by Special Jo at the quarter pole, the winner held that rival off for the length of the stretch to earn his first graded win. "He took a really bad stumble out of the gate, but I know this horse and how fast he is," said winning jockey Paco Lopez. "He rebounded pretty quickly and was in front quickly. I was just sitting and waiting, sitting and waiting, until the quarter pole when I asked my horse. I saw the other horse [Special Jo] coming with his run and my horse responded nicely." It was the fourth win of the day for Lopez.