“They are both ready and as good as they can be,” Scott Acker, the assistant to trainer David Fawkes, pronounced on Friday morning as he supervised the final preparations of Purest Form and Glamour N Glory in Saturday’s $60,000 Lamplighter Stakes for colts and geldings and Sunday’s $60,000 Little Silver Stakes restricted to fillies, respectively.
The Lamplighter is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 mile on the turf and Purest Form is certainly bred to excel on it. He is a grandson of Dynaformer and a son of Purim, a multiple graded stakes winner who competed in the Breeders Cup Mile on this course in 2007 and won the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland that same year.
Purest Form breaks from the rail in the field of 10, which includes tough competition from the barns of Christophe Clement, Todd Pletcher and Brett Calhoun. Installed at 9-2 on the morning line, Purest Form is already a winner on grass and earlier this year took a one-mile $28,000 allowance race at Calder Race Course.
Sunday’s Little Silver at 1 mile on the grass attracted a full field of 14 with two also-eligibles and there is a lot of early speed in the race. Glamour N Glory has a versatile running style and being able to rate off what figures to be a quick pace or come from behind can only be to her benefit.
“She’s showed a lot of life and turned in a fast breeze. We weren’t aiming for that bullet work (4f in :46.4 H on May 19), but we got it,” said Acker, the 27-year-old grandson of longtime Finger Lakes trainer Eddie Acker. “Since David switched her to the turf, she’s a different horse. She’s legitimate.”
Last out in the $100,000 Calder Oaks, Glamour N Glory came charging down the lane from far back and just missed by a nose to Frolic’s Revenge, who competed in the 2011 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Acker ran an 80-horse string for Gary Contessa for five years before joining Fawkes five months ago.
JUAN EUGENIO ENRIQUEZ HOPES TO JOIN JOCKEY COLONY
Already garnering rave reviews in his native Peru, 18-year-old rider Juan Eugenio Enriquez wants to further his career in the United States and has selected Monmouth as the place where he’d like to make his American debut and call home.
“He’s not an apprentice. He’s an up-and-coming young rider who is currently fourth in the standings at Hippodromo de Monterrico,” said agent Bruce Golub, who plans to take his book. “He’s very talented. He’s got good hands, is a good judge of pace, and he communicates well with horses. They tend to run for him. He’s got a lot of natural ability.”
Golub has enjoyed previous success with Peruvian jockeys. He represented Alan Garcia, now one of the top 20 riders in North America, when Garcia was just 17 years old and he also booked mounts for Alfredo V. Clemente when he was the fifth leading rider here in 2006. Clemente and Enriquez are currently riding at the Peruvian track.
“It’s not hard for a young rider to break in at this track as long as they have the talent. The trainers here keep an open mind and are amenable to using a new rider. This kid has the talent so I expect him to do well,” said Golub.
HOLIDAY WEEKEND PROMOTIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Renowned handicapper Jim Mazur will be on track Saturday to present his seminar “How to win at Monmouth Park” and handout his Monmouth Handicapper book ($19.95 value) absolutely free…On Sunday the track hosts the first-ever Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars with over 15 trucks to choose from and fans can cast their ballot for the People’s Choice Award…Beginning Sunday, and every Sunday through Labor Day will be Family Fun Day with free pony rides and children’s entertainment from noon to 4 PM. ..There will be a special Memorial Day holiday live card on Monday. In addition to a special Family Fun Day on Monday, all paid admissions will receive a pass valid for free grandstand admission throughout the month of June. Post time is 12:50 PM on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.