Munnings Filly Wins Well On Oaklawn Debut

Let go at debut odds of 9-1, Robert Masterson’s GROVE (f, 3, Munnings–Wishful Winking, by Rip Van Winkle {Ire}) took pressure inside and out for the opening half-mile of her debut run, but went through her gears in the stretch nevertheless to report home a good-looking winner. A $100,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling turned $175,000 OBS April breezer, Grove did her pre-race work down at the Fair Grounds and stepped away smartly while joined to her inside by the rail-skimming Mary’s Boon (Central Banker) and in the three path by favored Malibu Toast (Malibu Moon). Narrowly in front from between those rivals as they hit the head of the stretch, Grove put some daylight between her and the rest of the field and ran out a comfortable winner. Sales history: $100,000 Ylg ’21 FTKSEL; $175,000 2yo ’22 OBSMAR. O-Robert Masterson; B-Slugo Racing LLC (KY); T-Norm Casse.

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