OCEANPORT, N.J.—Wesley Ward’s Her World was much the best winning the $100,000 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park. The Irish-bred filly earned Black Type with her first start and stakes win.
Showing good speed outside to clear the field, she set the pace, shook free on the turn, drifted off the inside and pulled away in hand. Trust Our Journey chased between rivals early, chased inside on the turn and rallied on the rail in the lane. Roman Poet was reluctant to load, raced off the pace inside, drifted out near the quarter pole interfering with Vodka N Water, then rallied for third. Baytown Warrior chased inside, steadied entering the turn, rode the rail into the stretch and finished evenly.
Catch the Smoke was outrun early and closed belatedly in the three path. Baytown Frosty chased close three wide and tired. Forty Stripes was off slowly and outrun.
Under astute jockey Paco Lopez the daughter of Caravaggio out of Mundus Novus, by Unbridled’s Song lead gate-to-wire to win by 6 lengths. The 2-year-old filly won the five-furlong race on a firm turf track in a time of :56.62.
“She is obviously a very nice filly. Wesley told me she’s the best filly he has now and maybe for many, many years at this stage of her career. She broke on top and was looking around a little, maybe trying to figure things out (in her first career start). She was very professional. I used her to get to the top right away because Wesley Ward told me she had that kind of speed. Sometimes you want to get out there second or third and relax but she wanted to go.
“I looked behind after a while for the other horses but no one was running at us. She was flying in the stretch. You have to be special to do something like this in your first start, a stakes race and a filly against boys. But Wesley was very confident. He told me he loves this filly and wants to take her to the Breeders’ Cup. Now that I have ridden her I know she can do it,” Lopez explained.
The gray filly was bred by Lynch Bages Ltd & Rhinestone B/Stock and is campaigned by Andrew Farm, Susan Molton, For The People Racing Stable LLC, and Windmill Manor Farm.
“Personally I was nervous going into the race, but I will tell you what, Wesley Ward had a lot of confidence in the horse and that’s why she ended up in this race against the boys. It’s not up to me, but there have been conversations about running her the first weekend at Keeneland. My ownership partnership is with Charlie O’Connor and John Morgan. After today, I would definitely tell you this is one of, if not my favorite horse, we own right now. I am thrilled with what I saw,” co-owner Dick Brodie of Andrew Farm excitedly remarked.
Conditioner Ward commented: “We’re excited, she did exactly what we thought she would. We don’t have to change much after watching that race moving forward. We’re going to bring her next to Keeneland, and then we plan on bringing her to the Breeders’ Cup. With what she showed today winning in a stakes race against colts who had experience, it’s encouraging. We’re going to skip right along and continue from this. I look forward to her next couple of starts but I also look forward to her being a three-year-old, and I think (co-owner) Dick Brodie and the rest of the owners have a special one with her.”
Her World paid $3.80, $3.20 and $3.00 for the win., Trust Our Journey paid $6.80, 4.80 for second and Baytown Warrior paid $10.80 for show. The WINNING EXACTA paid $28.60.
Catch the Smoke, Baytown Frosty, Forty Stripes, Vodka N Water complete the order of finish. A Dangerous Guy and Chi Town Lady Trainer scratches.
Vodka N Water raced off the rail, off the pace, clipped the heels of Roman Poet, stumbled and fell, then walked off. After a Stewards’ Inquiry into the incident, Roman Poet, was disqualified from third and placed last for interfering with Vodka N Water.
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Photo: Her World #9 with Paco Lopez riding won the Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ on Saturday August 7, 2021. Photo By Taylor Ejdys/EQUI-PHOTO