Saturday, June 18, 2022

Society won a stretch-long battle with Miss Yearwood in Saturday’s $150,000 Monomoy Girl S. at Churchill Downs to improve her record to 3-for-3.

Society was making her stakes debut after breaking her maiden in October at Keeneland, then after given the winter off, she returned to the races on May 6 at Churchill, winning an allowance race by two lengths.

Saturday’s race marked the two-turn debut for the 3-year-old daughter of Gun Runner, and much like she did in her prior start, she went to the lead right from the break. Society was unchallenged through the first five furlongs. Miss Yearwood rushed up on her outside midway on the final turn, and the two were nearly inseparable the rest of the way. Society would not let her foe get the lead, ultimately winning by a half-length.

“She was very impressive and we’re really proud of her to run like that trying two turns for the first time,” said Steve Asmussen’s assistant trainer Scott Blasi. “She ran well here in her last start sprinting and showed today she could handle the added distance. We’ll see what’s next but we’re very pleased with her effort today.”

Society is owned by her breeder Peter Blum and has earned $221,720. She is the 12th lifetime stakes winner for Gun Runner, who leads the Second-Crop Sire list with more than $5.5 million in progeny earnings.