How to bet the Sorority Stakes
Eight two-year-old fillies will travel one-mile on the Monmouth Park main oval in Sunday’s $200,000 Sorority S. I have interest in debut heroine #2 D’lightful Summer (8-1) at a square price and will tab the second timer for success in a winnable offering.
Trained by Gerald Bennett, the $75,000 yearling purchase tracked the early tempo prior to running down a clear one late in a six-furlong unveiling to hint that she will thrive with more distance going forward. Dark bay daughter of City of Light is from a productive family and looks like she fits with this type for a conditioner who does good work with youngsters overall.
D’lightful Summer has posted a pair of nice morning drills in preparation for this affair, led by a bullet three panels most recently, and I expect her to be more forwardly placed with the added ground with which to work with on this occasion. Samy Camacho inherits the mount atop the March foal.
#7 Wine on Tap (9-5) strode home a fine first-out winner at Belmont Park at five-eighths prior to the Schuylerville S. (G3) where she came home fourth as the post-time favorite. The well-meant daughter of Tapit is cut out to run long and shows a trio of useful morning moves leading up to her second stakes effort. Kentucky-bred gray will never be far back in the tilt with Trevor McCarthy taking the reins.
Michael Matz’s #4 Lagonisi (5-1) is the wildcard in the field coming off of a wire-to-wire victory in an off-the-turf race at Delaware Park in her debut performance. The $350,000 two-year-old purchase finished 8 3/4 lengths clear in that first showing and has worked twice in the interim for an outfit that is generally better with experienced runners. Kentucky-bred miss will not lead early in the event, but she rates a major player from off the pace if she can build upon her initial tally with Jorge Ruiz coming along to retain the mount.