(Mominou wins the Carees Stakes at Saratoga / Photo by Susie Raisher & Courtesy of NYRA)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Sean Shay’s Mominou, racing for the first time in nine weeks, led from start to finish under jockey Kendrick Carmouche to spring a 29-1 upset of Sunday’s $200,000 Caress at Saratoga Race Course.
The eighth running of the 5 ½-furlong Caress for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up on the grass was the second of three stakes on a 13-race program.
Mominou’s first career stakes victory in five tries made Jimmy Toner the first trainer to win three editions of the Caress. Toner also captured back-to-back editions in 2014 with Free as a Bird and 2015 with Thieves Guild.
Jockey Kendrick Carmouche, rider of Mominou (1st)
“I worked this filly last week and she worked so great,” Carmouche said. “Jimmy (Toner, the trainer) gave me the option of how I want to ride her and I figured the best way we could win was to take the race to them out of the gate. We broke good and she never relented. She was ready the whole way.
“I brought my mom and dad up from Louisiana for this, so this is extra special,” he added. “I have to thank Mr. Toner and Mr. Shay for the opportunity. We’ve been pretty lucky over the years, and we got a great trip today.”
Trainer Jimmy Toner, Mominou:
“I initially looked at it and thought there’d be some speed in the race, which there was. But when I looked at it again, I said, ‘She could be the main speed.’ The only shot we were going to have was just to go for it,” Toner said. “When they turn into the lane, you always [say], ‘Here they come.’ But she had another gear and kicked in again. I was really proud of her.”