Archive for August 2009

Gator Brew Wins Lindsay Frolic In Blanket Finish

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Virginia and James Gamble’s Florida homebred 2-year-old filly Gator Brew won a tight photo finish and survived a jockey’s claim of foul to win the $85,000 Lindsay Frolic Stakes at Calder’s Juvenile Showcase on Saturday. The race marked jockey Paco Lopez’s third win of the afternoon and second victory of the day for trainer Bill White.

“We could have run her in the Susan’s Girl (Florida Stallion Stakes) today, but we were mainly concerned about running in there as a maiden. But off of this effort, we’ll certainly consider running in the next race of the series ($400,000 My Dear Girl at 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 17). How she got up (in this race) and won was amazing. I thought she’d be a little short. In the end, I didn’t know if she was first or third, so it was quite a rush to see her number on top. Then to survive the objection, well, this was a real roller coaster ride,” White said.

Gator Brew came into the one-mile stakes race off her third place career debut on August 15. She ran down the pacesetting Roma’s Gal as did The Isabella Angel and the three of them arrived at the finish line within inches of each other. The photo finish showed Gator Brew the winner by a nose over The Isabella Angel, with Roma’s Gal just a head back in third.

While the unofficial order was posted, the jockey aboard The Isabella Angel – Manoel Cruz – lodged an objection against Lopez for interference in the stretch. Stewards disallowed the foul claim.

“Mr. White told me to just see how the race developed and use my judgment as to where I should place my filly. They weren’t going very fast on the front end, but to me she just seemed like it would be better to let her relax early on and she would have more of a late kick in the stretch. When we got close to the wire we were all in tight and my filly came out a little bit, but just a little bit,” Lopez said.

Gator Brew completed the mile in 1:43.14 and paid $14.20, $6.00 and $3.60. The Isabella Angel paid $3.80 and $3.00 to her backers, while Roma’s Gal paid $3.40 to show.

Actors Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston filming at Monmouth Park

Cliff Collier and Cory meets actor Gerard Butler between takes on the set for the new film The Bounty (2010 release)

Cory Moran & Gerard Butler

Custer Breaks Track Record in Sunday Feature at Monmouth

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – Padua Stables Custer came charging home on the Monmouth Park turf course on Sunday to run down Plenty Coups in the final strides and set a new course record of 1:39.03 in the $48,000 allowance/optional claiming contest by a neck.

Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. and ridden by Paco Lopez, Custer paid $16.60, $7.60 and $6 across the board. Plenty Coups completed the $164 exacta and paid $11.60 to place and $6.20 to show. It was another 2 ½ lengths back to Classic Campaign, who paid $4.20 to show. Post-time favorite Duveen checked in fourth.

A 4-year-old gelding by High Yield from the Dehere mare Burning Hope, Custer boosted his lifetime mark to 4-4-0 from 14 starts. He has now earned $106,749 for his connections.

Custer lowered the course record previously held by Casey’s Joy, who ran the mile and a sixteenth over the Monmouth course with the rail set at 24 feet in 1:40.04 on Sept. 1, 2007.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Wednesday, August 19. Gates open at 11:30am with first post set for 12:50pm. As always the racetrack is open seven days a week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.

“A Unique Treasure” Captures Monmouth Feature

OCEANPORT, N.J.-Laurence Foggle’s A Unique Treasure sent off the 13-10 favorite, led every step of the way to capture Wednsday’s $41,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park.

A Unique Treasure, trained by Jane Cibelli and ridden by PACO LOPEZ, raced the five and a half furlongs over firm turf in 103;1/5 and paid $4.60.

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Monmouth Feature Paco Lopez

Prince Joshua Rallies to Take the Select Stakes

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Prince Joshua earned the second stakes victory of his career Sunday at Monmouth Park, rallying from just off the pace to capture the $70,000 Select Stakes by a length over fellow Florida-bred Bee Cee Cee.

Prince Joshua ran close to the pacesetting Mighty Score in fourth place for much of the six-furlong contest before making his move, going four wide around the turn with jockey Paco Lopez aboard. Prince Joshua moved up to second place at the top of the stretch and surged to the front in the final furlong, stopping the clock in 1:09.68.

“We got a great trip sitting off the early speed,” Lopez said. “He has a solid kick to him and showed a nice turn of foot when I called on him.”

Prince Joshua paid $9.20, $5 and $3.60, while Bee Cee paid $10.60 and $5.60. Beacon Hill Road got up for third place in the field of seven 3-year-olds, 1 ½ lengths behind the winner. He paid $3.60 to show.

Prince Joshua was bred by his owners the Rose Family Stables, which stables its horses at Get Away Farm in Lowell. The son of First Tour is trained by Barry Rose.

Prince Joshua has made 10 starts this year and 18 for his career, with five victories and $163,879 in earnings.

“He did great,” Rose said. “He did more than we could have asked from him. He just performed terrific and ran the best time he ever has. The key was that (Lopez) didn’t rush him. He kept him right in position and didn’t get him into any trouble.”

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