Shahama followed pace-favorite Juji’s Map before exploding into the lead from the corner and sailing flawlessly to her first American win in the GIII Monmouth Oaks on Sunday on the Jersey Shore. Sent off at 8-5, Bay eclipsed Juji’s Map, the 4-5 favorite, through fractions of :24.67 and :48.71. Thrust into the far corner, Shahama took the lead after three quarters in 1:11.88 and soared to an easy win.
“We thought Brad Cox’s horse [Juju’s Map] we would be first and we would be second and that’s how it went,” said Anthony Sciametta, assistant to winning coach Todd Pletcher. “She trained in New York and disembarked this Saturday afternoon. She was well behaved and well behaved. I know everyone around her loves her. She has a lot of class, as you can see. I thought it was a two-horse race. You don’t like to say that, but we thought it was between Juju’s Map and us. Shahama was really good today.
Winning jockey Jorge Vargas agreed the two favorites were the obvious class of the peloton.
“No disrespect to others, but Shahama and Juju’s Map were the most elegant horses,” Vargas said. “I placed my horse on Juju’s map early. I traveled well all the time and just kept her outside because Todd told me she doesn’t like the kickbacks of dirt – she’s got a pretty face, she doesn’t want to stand dirty as much. At the half mile post, I picked it up with her. Paco Lopez tried to do the same, but he didn’t have as many horses as me. On pole three eighths, I was ahead and it was over.
Shahama had a productive winter in Dubai, where she won the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial and UAE 1000 Guineas in January and earned a place in the GI Kentucky Oaks peloton with a victory in the G3 UAE Oaks on February 18. for Coach Fawzi Nass. Transferred to the United States in Pletcher’s barn, she suffered her first loss when she was sixth in the Oaks and had just finished second in the June 25 GII Mother Goose S.
Shahama is a half-sister to multiple graduate stakes winner Kensei (Mr. Greeley) and champion look lucky (Smart Strike). The filly has a half-brother weaned by Catalina Cruiser which was bought by Tami Bobo’s First Finds for $200,000 during the Keeneland sale in November last year. His dam, Private Feeling, who was purchased by SF Bloodstock along with the winner in utero for $40,000 at the November 2018 sale at Keeneland, was bred to State Tom’s.
Beneath the winner’s second dam, Regal Feeling, is the champion Wait a While.
OAKS MONMOUTH-GIII$245,000, Monmouth, 7-31, 3 yrs, f, 1 1/16m, 1:41.54, ft.
1-SHAHAMA, 121, f, 3, by Munnings
1st Dam: Private Feeling, by Belong to Me
2nd Dam: Regal Feeling, by Clever Trick
3rd Dam: Sharp Belle, by Native Charger
‘TDN Rising Star’. (OBSAPR of $425,000 2 years ’21). O-KHK Racing;
B-SF Bloodstock LLC (KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Jorge A. Vargas,
Junior $150,000. Lifetime record: GSW-UAE, 7-5-1-0, $435,984.
*1/2 to look lucky (Smart Strike), ch. 3 year old foal, Ch.
2-year-old colt, MGISW, $3,307,278; 1/2 to Kensei
(M. Greeley), MGSW, $751,364. Rating Werk Nick: A+++.
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2–Shotgun hottie119, f, 3, gun runner–Re Entry, from Malibu
Moon. ($45,000 OBSAPR 2 years ’21). O-Omar Aldabbagh & Jeff
Ganje; B-Vincent Colbert (KY); T-William E. Morey. $50,000.
3–Map of Juju117, f, 3, Liam’s card–Nagambia, by Flatter.
($190,000 Ylg ’20 KEEJAN; $300,000 Ylg ’20 KEESEP).
O-Albaugh Family Stables LLC; B-Fred W. Hertrich (KY); Brad in T
Margins: 2HF, 3/4, 6 1/4. Odds: 1.70, 4.00, 0.90.
Also ran: woman on the run, office tag. Striped: Silverleaf.
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