Prince Joshua Rallies to Take the Select Stakes
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Prince Joshua earned the second stakes victory of his career Sunday at Monmouth Park, rallying from just off the pace to capture the $70,000 Select Stakes by a length over fellow Florida-bred Bee Cee Cee.
Prince Joshua ran close to the pacesetting Mighty Score in fourth place for much of the six-furlong contest before making his move, going four wide around the turn with jockey Paco Lopez aboard. Prince Joshua moved up to second place at the top of the stretch and surged to the front in the final furlong, stopping the clock in 1:09.68.
“We got a great trip sitting off the early speed,” Lopez said. “He has a solid kick to him and showed a nice turn of foot when I called on him.”
Prince Joshua paid $9.20, $5 and $3.60, while Bee Cee paid $10.60 and $5.60. Beacon Hill Road got up for third place in the field of seven 3-year-olds, 1 ½ lengths behind the winner. He paid $3.60 to show.
Prince Joshua was bred by his owners the Rose Family Stables, which stables its horses at Get Away Farm in Lowell. The son of First Tour is trained by Barry Rose.
Prince Joshua has made 10 starts this year and 18 for his career, with five victories and $163,879 in earnings.
“He did great,” Rose said. “He did more than we could have asked from him. He just performed terrific and ran the best time he ever has. The key was that (Lopez) didn’t rush him. He kept him right in position and didn’t get him into any trouble.”