Oceanport, N.J. –Daniel Ryan and David Cottle’s Rush Now took over at the top of the lane and cruised home to capture the $46,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Thursday afternoon.

Trained by Anthony Dutrow and ridden by Joe Bravo, Rush Now covered the 1 1/6 miles over a sloppy track after the race was taken off the turf in 1:44 3/5 and paid $2.80 as the 2-5 favorite in the field reduced to three. It was another 4 ½ lengths back to Hermosillo, who completed the $11.20 exacta. Keep Me Informed was another neck behind. There was no place or show wagering.

“He’s a pretty cool animal,” said Bravo. “Last year, when he got behind horses he really didn’t have as much heart or was as brave as he was today. He was really just a front-running horse. Today, when he got off a little tardy I said that we’ll find out if he can sit off horses, and he did. It just gives you a completely different aspect for his next start if there is a lot of speed in the race. He showed that he is maturing a lot.”

A 4-year-old gelding by Tiznow from the Wild Rush mare Dirty Rush, Rush Now won for the second straight time and the win was his sixth in 17 starts. He has now bankrolled $403,015 for his connections.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturday, Aug. 11 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:45 p.m.