EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.— Chester and Mary Broman’s homebred Makin My Move made the right one Friday, scampering away to win the $75,000 Honey Bee on the third day of the seven-day Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet.
Breaking from post position six in a field diminished by scratches, Makin My Move raced off the rail and off the pace, finding herself five wide and last as the six three-year-old fillies raced up the backstretch. In front, Ulikeapples ran the opening quarter in 22.17 and began to shake loose rounding the turn but was quickly swarmed by rivals heading for home. Irish-bred Kodama stole the lead through a 47.41 half mile, but couldn’t hold off Makin My Move, who came four wide with a swift rally to draw away and win by one and three-quarter lengths.
Makin My Move and jockey Kendrick Carmouche ran five furlongs over the good turf in 1:00.53.
Behind the winner, Kodama settled for second, two and a half lengths ahead of Still My Babe, who made a belated bid. Rounding out the order of finish were Ulikeapples, Lady Zeta, and Benbang. French Kissing, Rambert, Sweet Surprise, Tasweya, and Teen Drama were scratched.
The top three finishers paid 5.60, 5.00, and 3.60, respectively.
Makin My Move, a debut winner at Saratoga last summer, earned her first stakes win when capturing the Honey Bee. Most recently she was outkicked and finished fourth in the $150,000 Galway at Saratoga. She came into that race off of two consecutive allowance wins on the NYRA circuit.
The John Kimmel trainee is by Grade 1 winner Carpe Diem, out of the More Than Ready mare Hard to Stay Notgo, who won a couple of stakes in her racing career. Makin My Move is half to stakes-placed stablemate Gotta Go Mo.
A $190,000 RNA at the 2021 OBS March Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, Makin My Move, has earned $210,550, winning four of her eight starts.
By Amber Joyce, Editor
Photo: Makin My Move wins the Honey Bee (Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO)
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