The Benson Memorial Stakes – NG
FG Race 8 1 1/16M – Turf
Four Year Olds and Up Fillies and Mares
1st Bonne Happy, trained by Crocker Ggs
A little bit of a surprise to me with this filly as I did not know if she was good enough to beat this field but she sure was. She went straight to the lead and never relinquished it to end up winning by a length. She ran the distance in 1:39.87 and earned $60.000 for the win.
2nd Diamond Tiara, trained by John Henry
Another tough beat for this filly as she couldn’t get up to get the win in here. She sat in a very good spot the whole way about a length off the winner but she could not get any closer than that. She chased her and tried to run her down but she could only stay up for second.
3rd Limited Risk, trained by Fractious
My top choice of the race did not run a bad race but she did not run as good as I thought that she could either. She was far back and near last in the early parts and she made a decent run down the stretch but couldn’t get closer than two lengths. Not a bad third at all from her.
4th Chill Chat, trained by Allinthegate
Last on the board right here and she did not run a bad race either. She was near the back early on in the race. She closed nicely down the stretch also and was narrowly beaten for third. She did not run a bad race at all.
Wire to wire fashion for the winner here and she just towed the field around there and never let them get close to her. She ran a big race to earn her first stakes win and she should definitely improve off of this win. Congratulations to Bonne Happy and Crocker Ggs.