Siena Farms’ homebred Isabella Sings was the facile winner of Saturday’s Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes, leading from start-to-finish and crossing the wire three lengths in front of the field. The 4-year-old daughter of Eskendereya breezed through 1 1/16 over Monmouth Park’s firm turf course in 1:40.57 for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Paco Lopez allowed Isabella Sings to break on her own, which placed her at nearly the front of the packs despite some bumping. Invading Humor from the outside stall attempted to go with her in the early stages, but Isabella Sings pulled Lopez out to a two-length lead by the quarter-mile mark, which the pair clocked in :23.09. He took hold of the filly then, asking her to ease up. Lopez had to put on the breaks for nearly a sixteenth of a mile, but Isabella Sings eased up to cover the half-mile in :47.03.
Approaching the head of the lane, Means Well and Invading Humor got within a half-length of Isabella Sings, but turning into the stretch she shot out to a two-length lead. Never threatened down the lane, Isabella Sings crossed the wire first as the heavy favorite, three lengths in front of Sea Coast. Bureau de Change overcame a poor start to finish third.
“I just wanted to break sharp and see where she placed herself,” Lopez said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of speed in the race and she was nice and relaxed in front. She was just the best horse in the race.”
Bred in Kentucky, Isabella Sings is out of a British-bred daughter of Lomitas. The Eatontown is her second graded victory, and boosts her overall record to 6-4-0 from 15 starts, with earnings of over $ 450,000.
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