Sean Avery, the horse not the hockey player, has been seen like a superstar in the $75,000 Longfellow Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday after the Black Swan Stable's Sean Avery romped to an 11 3/4-length victory over Awesome Son, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Sean Avery, which was ridden by Joe Bravo and trained by Allen Iwinski, covered the six furlongs in 1:09:27. The 5-year-old gelding returned $4.80, $2.40 and $2.40 in winning for the fifth time in eight career starts, the WSJ reported.
Awesome Son paid $3 and $2.80, while Hillswick finished third in the field of six and returned $3.60, the Journal said. Super Robusto was fourth, followed by He’s So Chic and On the Vineyard.
That was real impressive. Around the turn he was pulling on me and gave me every indication he would be tough. I just held on and enjoyed the ride, Bravo told Wall Street Journal.
The Longfellow Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race run each year in early June at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. A six furlong sprint for either gender aged three and up, the ungraded Longfellow offers a purse of $75,000 and a trophy.
The race, inaugurated in 1952, began as an eight furlong event, according to Wikipedia. From 1963 to 1967 it went off at eight and a half furlongs. In 1968 it stretched out to nine furlongs and remained at that distance until 1996. In 1997, it became a six furlong race.
The Longfellow is named for the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Longfellow, one of America's great racehorses as well as one of the great stallions of the 19th Century.