OCEANPORT, NJ – Bronx Beauty has been so productive in sprinting throughout her career that trainer Anthony Margotta, Jr. was hesitant to try anything else with the 6-year-old mare.
That could change in Sunday’s $ 75,000 Politely Stakes, the race featured on Monmouth Park’s 11-race map.
Margotta ostensibly tries Bronx Beauty on turf for the first time in her polite career – fully aware that a forecast of rain could force the five-row grass race to the main track.
“If it stays, we’ll run. If that happens we’ll be even happier because we know she’s good on gravel and can handle off-piste, ”said Margotta.
Winner of 10 of 27 career starts, with earnings of $ 630,070, Bronx Beauty has rarely strayed from the sprint in her career, although Margotta tried to put her on the turf in the Incredible Revenge Stakes on August 20. at Monmouth Park. This race was washed from the grass and run on a sloppy track, with Beauty of the Bronx run a solid second.
So he does another try with her while fully aware that the rain could derail these plans again.
“Why didn’t we try it on the grass before that?” Said Margotta. “There was never any reason to try something different with her. She’s been so productive sprinting on gravel that it has become a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. We tried it for a long time only once and it didn’t work. Sprinting is really his game. ”
Owned by 2W Stables LLC, Bronx Beauty recorded two wins and a second in three starts at Monmouth Park a year ago, including an easy win in the Regret Stakes. This marked the second year in a row she’s won the Regret Stakes, with Margotta saying her goal is to complete three laps when Regret returns to the schedule on July 3.
“It’s kind of her preparation for Regret,” said Margotta. “But she can certainly win (the politely) as I see it – if it comes out of the grass.”
The daughter of Bonding-Forever Sunshine of Rockport Harbor will have to overcome a three-month layoff to win Sunday. But Margotta said she hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down yet.
“You will see mares as they get older start to lose weight. They will show it to you in practice and then in their performance in the afternoon, ”said Margotta. “But we haven’t seen that with her. This mare, who touches wood, is one of the strongest fillies or mares I have ever trained. She always trains well and loves what she does. And we know she loves Monmouth Park.
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