Live Oak Plantation’s World Approval delivered a strong 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s Grade 1 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park. The 4-year-old son of Northern Afleet was winning his first Grade 1 event, and covered the 11 furlongs in 2:14.66 over a turf course listed good, ridden by Florent Geroux for trainer Mark Casse.
Cement Clement won the start and took out to a two-length lead nearly immediately, with World Approval tracking him from second. Those two led Noble Road through a first quarter in :24.29, after which Money Multiplier moved up into fourth to track a slower half-mile fraction in :50.21. The favorite Wake Forest was second to last the first time down the stretch, but began to move up once the field entered the second turn. By mid-way down the backstretch, Wake Forest had gained fifth position, while World Approval began to make up ground on Cement Clement.
At the top of the stretch, World Approval had taken over the lead, and held a one-length advantage over Money Multiplier. Wake Forest seemed to struggle despite gaining third position, and was unable to make up any further ground. World Approval drew away willingly under Geroux, winning by about a length and a half over Money Multiplier. Wake Forest held on over tight photo to be third.
Bred in Florida by Live Oak Stud, World Approval has won two graded stakes and placed in two more Grade 1’s, but the United Nations was his first victory at the top level. Sunday’s triumph brings his overall record to six wins from 15 starts, with earnings of over $ 850,000.
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