BENSALEM, PA – Patricia Generazio’s homebred Pure Sensation returned to the Parx winner’s circle for a fourth straight time, getting up in the last strides to take Monday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster.
Jockey Kendrick Carmouche steered Pure Sensation down to the rail after breaking from post 3 while Bold Thunder set the early pace. Saving ground through the far turn and onto the front stretch, Carmouche unleashed the Christophe Clement trainee and was able to reach the wire first by a 1/2-length in a final time of :57.13 for the 5-furlong race.
A blanket of horses finished strongly behind, with Mongolian Saturday edging out Snowday by a nose at the wire. Rainbow Heir was another nose back in fourth, with a head separating him from Bold Thunder. Holding Gold edged out Uncle Leo, with Two Notch Road, Dubini, and Swell completing the order of finish. Blue Y Gold was scratched as a main-track-only entrant. The gap from first to last in the 10-horse field was a total of 5 lengths.
The 6-year-old gelding by Zensational captured his second Grade 3 in 2017 after winning the Parx Dash here in July. His record improved to 24-9-4-3 with career earnings of $1,256,040. His connections may point him to his third straight Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint event after finishing third in last year’s edition and eighth in 2015.
Pure Sensation returned $4.80 to win, $3.20 to place, and $2.60 to show. Mongolian Saturday brought back $6.80 to place and $4.20 to show, while Snowday paid $7 to show.