Thursday, October 04 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
IRISH POLITICS CAMPAIGNS FOR JERSEY JUVENILE VICTORY
Oceanport, N.J.- Irish Politics showed his heels to the rest of the field of 2-year-old state-breds when he last raced, and on Saturday he’ll be back at Monmouth Park campaigning for a divisional championship bestowed by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey at year’s end.
The Graham Motion-trainee is one of the standouts in the field of 15 entered (12 can start) in the $60,000 Jersey Juvenile restricted to New Jersey-breds, and the winner traditionally garners the majority of votes for the top honors. Usually the Jersey Juvenile is run in separate divisions, with one for fillies and the other for colts and geldings, but this time around both sexes will compete in the same race.
Wednesday, October 03 2012
HASKELL AND ISELIN TRADITION ENDURES AT MONMOUTH PARK
OCEANPORT, N.J. - When Double Desert and No Questions each won a race on successive Saturdays in late September at Monmouth Park, there might have been an angel riding on the withers of the $5,000 claimers. Double Desert is a Hope Haskell Jones homebred and No Questions is owned and trained by Jimmy Iselin.
The names Haskell and Iselin are the most prominent in the illustrious history of the track. Amory L. Haskell was instrumental in once again getting pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing legalized in New Jersey, and then in the construction of the modern racetrack. Appointed president and chairman of Monmouth Park Jockey Club in 1945, Haskell was at the helm of the organization until his death in 1966. Philip H. Iselin also played a key role in launching the track and was appointed treasurer in 1946. He succeeded Haskell in 1966 and was the president and chairman of the board until he passed away 10 years later.
Sunday, September 30 2012
NEW JERSEY-BRED GEEKY GORGEOUS TAKES SUNDAY FEATURE
Oceanport, N.J. – Daniel J. Lopez’s Geeky Gorgeous, the lone New Jersey-bred in the field, took command in mid-stretch before drawing off from her competition to capture the $34,000 allowance/optional feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday afternoon by 2 ¾ lengths.
Ridden by Armando Ayuso, Geeky Gorgeous covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:11 1/5 and paid $9.80, $5.20 and $3.60. Celtic Chant completed the $94 exacta and returned $7.80 and $7. It was another 3 ¾ lengths back to Natalie Victoria, who rallied to pay $6.20 to show.
Friday, September 28 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
CRAFTY UNICORN TRIES ALLOWANCE COMPANY SATURDAY
Saturday will be a day of firsts for Crafty Unicorn when trainer Dennis Manning tries him on the dirt, at the distance of a flat mile, and in allowance company for the first time in the colt’s young career.
“If you don’t try you’ll never know whether he’ll like it,” said the veteran horseman, who will run Crafty Unicorn on Monmouth’s main track in the featured $32,000 allowance/optional claiming race. “But if you look at his breezes on the track, he’s done very well on the dirt.”
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012
BREEN HOPES RULER ON ICE STAYS UNBLEMISHED AT BELMONT
Ruler on Ice has only raced once at Belmont Park and on that day he was the upset winner of the 2011 Belmont Stakes. On Saturday, trainer Kelly John Breen sends him back to New York with high hopes that history will repeat itself in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
“So far, so good. He’s one-for-one at Belmont,” said Breen, who trains the gelded son of 2005 Haskell winner Roman Ruler at his Monmouth Park base for owners George and Lori Hall.
Sunday, September 23 2012
PICK 4, PICK 5 CARRYOVERS INTO SATURDAY’S CARD
OCEANPORT, N.J. – With a slew of longshots late in the day Sunday, no one picked all the winners in Monmouth Park’s Pick 5 and late Pick 4.
The Pick 5, comprising of races five through nine, is a 50-cent base wager with a takeout rate of just 15 percent.
Saturday, September 22 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
UNDEFEATED PURPLE EGG TO STEP UP INTO STAKES COMPANY
The horse with the unusual name has already attracted a national following and the membership in Purple Egg’s fan club could soon be getting bigger.
The undefeated 2-year-old son of Lion Heart has passed both of his tests so far with flying colors. An eye-popping victory in a maiden special weight at Monmouth Park on August 23 by 4 ¾ lengths was followed by a 6 ¾ length triumph when he raced his next condition in a non-winners of one other than allowance race at Parx Racing on September 15.
Wednesday, September 19 2012
GEEKY GORGEOUS IS FREAKY GOOD
OCEANPORT, NJ- She was such a small, unattractive and unimpressive foal that her owner and breeder saddled her with the name Geeky Gorgeous. These days, the New Jersey-bred dark bay filly looks mighty good to Daniel Lopez.
The 3-year daughter of Devil His Due out of the Pure Prize mare Thatholeinmypocket started off this past Saturday’s New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival at Monmouth Park by drawing off through the lane to win the first race by five and three quarter lengths. The dominating performance was merely another day at the office for the filly.
Monday, September 17 2012
MY PLACE ANYTIME SCORES 5TH IN A ROW AT MONMOUTH ON SUNDAY
Oceanport, N.J. – Bruno Schickedanz’s My Place Anytime broke on top and never looked back, capturing the $32,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday, her fifth consecutive win in Oceanport.
Trained by Yvon Belsoeur, My Place Anytime covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:11 2/5 and paid $5, $3.20 and $2.20. West Coast Lady, who finished 3 ¼ lengths behind the winner, completed the $18 exacta and returned $3.60 to place and $2.40 to show. It was another length and three quarters back to Angel Dreams, who paid $2.20 to show.
Sunday, September 16 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, September 15, 2012
MY PLACE ANYTIME GOES FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN
My Place Anytime. That’s the name of the 4-year-old chestnut filly, but it could be the gauntlet she’s throwing down at Monmouth Park.
In Sunday’s $32,000 allowance/optional claiming race, My Place Anytime shoots for her fifth consecutive win on the main track, and should she be victorious, she’ll tie another 4-year-old filly, Winiliscious, for the most wins at the current meet although Winiliscious has won just three straight. Raging Daoust, a 4-year-old gelding, has also won four races in a row during the meet.
Saturday, September 15 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Friday, September 14, 2012
JAVERRE RETURNS FOR NJ BREEDERS HANDICAP
While Javerre will be taking on older and considerably more experienced horses in the $60,000 New Jersey Breeders Handicap, the 3-year-old gelding certainly seems up to the task in the six-furlong sprint.
Trained by Cathal Lynch for Stanton Smith, Jr., the son of Outflanker out of the Touch Gold mare Our Fantene has only raced four times. But he won all three of his Monmouth Park starts, which were against New Jersey-breds, in impressive fashion during the meet and finished a strong third in open company at Saratoga on August 3.
Friday, September 14 2012
Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Thursday, September 13, 2012
NEW JERSEY-BRED HORSE OF THE YEAR HEADLINES HESSE
Hermosillo, the reigning New Jersey-bred Horse of the Year and champion Handicap Horse, returns to square off against state-bred company on Saturday when he defends his title in the $75,000 Charles Hesse III Handicap. The stakes is the featured race of 10 to be run as part of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival at Monmouth Park.
Hermosillo may share his name with the capital of the Sonora region of Mexico, but he is a true son of the Garden State. Bred by Monmouth based trainer Eddie Broome and owned by Kenwood racing LLC, the 8-year-old gelding has made 39 of his 65 starts at Monmouth and eight of his 11 wins were on this track. During his 2011 fall campaign, he racked up three consecutive victories here and the highlight was the Hesse.