With an impressive turn of foot, the Cotai Glory filly Spirit And Glory powered up the inner to take command and draw away to land Sunday's Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park.
Now the winner of four races, the four-year-old filly began her career with Michael Mulvany in Ireland before switching to Robert Falcone, for whom she won last year's Virginia Oaks.
"She's a tough filly and Nik Juarez did a good job with her," said trainer Robert Falcone. "She got a little rank early on and got squeezed a few times, but he got her to relax after that and got her into a rhythm. I think we're definitely ready to try another graded stakes with her. We'll see what happens. I'll let her tell me. She seems to run well fresh, so I want to give her a little time."
Spirit And Glory belongs to the same first crop for Cotai Glory as top 2yo Atomic Power. His successful second crop is highlighted by last season's Prix de l'Abbaye heroine The Platinum Queen.
Spirit And Glory was bred by Dr Noel Cogan and Patrick Williams out of Supreme Spirit, a three-time winning daughter of Invincible Spirit.