Silent Valor, Selva win Monmouth features

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OCEANPORT, N.J. - Silent Valor drew off in the stretch to win the $150,000 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, beating Officer Ipod by 1½ lengths.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Stewart Elliott, the 2-year-old colt covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10 1-5 and returned $5.80, $3.60 and $2.10. The win in the Grade III race was his second victory in three career starts.

"He's a real easy horse to ride," Elliott said. "He does whatever you ask him to. He's a push-button type of horse — this colt really has a nice future ahead of him."

Officer Ipod paid $4.40 and $2.80, while Rereadthefootnotes was another 1¾ lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.

In the co-feature, Selva ran past the favored Smoking Bayou in the stretch and then held off a late charge by Fools In Love to post a half-length win in the $100,000 Sorority Stakes.

Trained by David Carroll and ridden by Eddie Castro, the 2-year-old filly covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10 3-5 and returned $15, $7 and $3.80. The win was the second in two career starts for Selva.

"The plan was to sit close to the early leaders throughout and we ended up getting a good stalking trip," Castro said. "She dug down in deep stretch and ran hard all the way until the end."

Fools In Love paid $5.20 and $2.60, while Smoking Bayou — who led for most of the race before tiring in the deep stretch — was another half-length back in third and returned $2.40.

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