ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2012) – Monument put away Strong Wind at the top of the stretch and won Saturday’s $250,000 Bob Benoit California Cup Juvenile for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita, part of the Golden State Series.
Monument is by Cindago, out of the Beautiful Crown mare Grant Marty a Wish, was bred by Lee and Susan Searing, is owned by CRK Stable, trained by John Sadler and was ridden by Martin Garcia.
“I think he looked too much at the people in the grandstands,” Garcia said of Monument’s erratic path in the stretch. “I had a lot of horse, that’s why he had time to look around. This was the fist time he’s run at a distance, and it looks like he likes it.”
Monument has three wins and a second in four starts, earnings of $193,500 and was coming off a second in the Sept. 12 C.B. Afflerbaugh.
“I want to recognize bob Benoit, who was ass good a guy as there was to have at your race track in California,” said Sadler. “And to Lee and Susan, the horse is a true homebred. This is really exciting.”
Monument ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.84 and won by 2 ¾ lengths at odds of 5-1. Ballard Ruler was second and Star Rocker third in the field of 10.
For Monument’s pedigree, click http://www.pedigreequery.com/monument8.