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Paco wins four(three Stakes)@ Monmouth

Jockey Paco Lopez won four races(three Stakes) on Haskell day at Monmouth Park July 31, 2011. Lopez started the day winning on Pound Foolish for trainer Jane Cibelli in the second race; then he won the Jersey Derby on “Breathless Storm” for trainer Kairan McLaughlin in the sixth race, in the ninth race Lopez won the G3 Oceanport Stakes with “Yummy With Butter”, and in the tenth race he won the Teddy Drone Stakes with “Force Freeze” for trainer Peter Walder. Lopez finished fourth in the twelfth race(the G1 Haskell Invitational) on J J’s Lucky Train for trainer Bill Anderson.

Force Freeze with Paco Lopez wins the Teddy Drone Stake

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by Bob Ehalt

Trainer Nick Canani had a choice to make.

Canani entered five-year-old mare Romacaca in Saturday’s $500,000 Diana Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course and Sunday’s $200,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park.

He opted for the race with a smaller purse, and hit a jackpot as Romacaca took the lead leaving the quarter pole and notched a 1 1/4-length victory in the Matchmaker for her fifth straight win (video).

“She’s a super nice filly to have,” Canani said. “I didn’t go over any game plan with [jockey] E.T. [Baird] because he’s ridden her quite a few times in the past and he knows her. She raced great.”

Ravi’s Song was second by a nose over Perfect Shirl. C.S. Silk, the 2.60-to-1 favorite, got off to an awkward start and finished last in the field of ten.

As an added reward for the top three finishers, they can select, by order of finish, a breeding season to one of three sires: Forestry and Northern Afleet, both of whom stand at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Kentucky; and Wildcat Heir, who stands at Journeyman Stud in Reddick, Florida, as a Winstar Farm/Taylor Made venture.

Romacaca, who was sent off at 5.60-to-1 odds, covered 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:46.54.

Owned by Frank Calabrese, Romacaca was bred in Florida by Cashel Stud. By Running Stag out of the Kris S. mare Romaca, Romacaca captured the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth in her previous start and improved to 12 wins in 23 career starts and $598,092 in earnings.

Also on the Resorts Casino Hotel Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) undercard on Sunday, the scratch of the speedy Get Serious from the $200,000 Oceanport (G3) was welcomed news for Sayif and Yummy With Butter, who cruised along first and second through slow fractions before Yummy With Butter edged clear late to win by 1 1/4 lengths in the 1 1/16-mile grass stakes (video).

Sayif, the early pacesetter, was second, a half-length in front of Baryshnikov, the 9-to-5 favorite.

Owned by Bruno Schickedanz and trained by Yvon Belsoeur, Yummy With Butter and jockey Paco Lopez avenged a length loss to Sayif in the Battlefield Stakes on July 9 at Monmouth.

“I told Paco, let’s not be late this time,” Belsoeur said. “Last time, we were just a little late. He was training like a Grade 1 horse and this was a Grade 3, so I was pretty confident. We’ll look at the Cliff Hanger [Stakes (G3) on September 4] next.”

By Silvador out of the Kris S. mare Sophisticatedbagel, Yummy With Butter covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.98.

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Jersey-Bred Who’s the Cowboy a Millionaire

Nine-year-old New Jersey-bred Who’s the Cowboy, a seven-time stakes winner, passed the $1 million mark in earnings when he won an allowance optional claiming event at Monmouth Park July 25 (VIDEO).

Who’s the Cowboy, bred by Carolyn Sleeter and owned by the Sleeter family for most of his career, won the one-mile allowance race by two lengths under Paco Lopez. The gelding, by Intensity out of the Bettor Arbitor mare Image’s Image, has done most of his racing at six furlongs.

The victory pushed his career earnings to $1,026,722. He was owned by Island Wind Racing and trained by Peter Walder, but trainer Chuck Spina claimed him for $15,000 for owner George O’Malley.

Who’s the Cowboy was claimed from owner Gerald Sleeter and trainer Kevin Sleeter last year at Monmouth.

Though a Jersey-bred, Who’s the Cowboy has won five open stakes, all at Monmouth, as well as three state-bred stakes. His record stands at 18 wins, 11 seconds, and 12 thirds in 66 starts.

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Paco Lopez to Ride J J’S Lucky Train in the G1 Haskell

Exactly one year to the day after being claimed for $40,000, J J’s Lucky Train will be sent postward in the July 31 Resorts Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

Paco Lopez with J J'S Lucky Train in G1 Haskell (7-31-2011)

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Trained by Bill Anderson, the son of Silver Train was claimed for Fresh Start Stable out of his debut.

“Obviously he’s turned out to be a good buy,” Anderson said. “Right after we got him, I worked him on the turf and that almost turned out to be disastrous. The dogs were out pretty far and he jumped one of them and almost tossed his rider. Luckily nothing serious happened.”

J J’s Lucky Train went on to win at Monmouth, Philly Park, Laurel and then took the Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct on April 9. Since the Bay Shore score, he finished third in the Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and most recently second in the Woody Stephens (gr. II) at Belmont on June 11.

“He’s a very nice horse,” Anderson said. “His mother was a stakes winner on turf and I always thought he’d be a nice turf horse, but after that one work on turf I was reluctant.”

In his most recent work July 13, Anderson shipped J J from his Parx headquarters in Bensalem, Pa., to Monmouth for a spin around the grass course. He went the five furlongs in 1:03 4/5 with the dogs up.

“It was a real good work for him,” Anderson said. “We’ll probably ship him over here on Monday and he’ll likely work again on the turf Wednesday. He’ll train up to the race at Monmouth.”

From 10 lifetime starts, J J’s Lucky Train has a record of 5-3-1 and earnings of $329,214. He will have Paco Lopez, leading rider last year at Monmouth, aboard for the Haskell.

Romacaca wins Miss Liberty Stakes Paco Lopez Monmouth Park

“Romacaca” wins Miss Liberty Stakes with Paco Lopez(Paco wins four)@ Monmouth Park.

The trio of Zero Rate Policy, Flashpoint and Chipshot battled through quick fractions of :21 3/5 for the quarter and :44 2/5 for the half mile before Peachtree Stable’s Flashpoint assumed command and drew off in the lane to capture the $150,000 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday by seven lengths.

A striking gray colt by Pomeroy, Flashpoint stopped the timer in 1:08 3/5 for six furlongs over the muddy main track. The winner returned $3.60 and $3.20 and topped a $9.80 exacta. C J Russell, who sat off the early pacesetters, rallied to pay $3.20 to place. Chipshot finished third with Zero Rate Policy checking in fourth and last in the field of 3-year-olds that scratched down to a quartet.

“He broke sharp and was moving comfortably,” said winning jockey Cornelio Velasquez, who has been aboard in all five of the colt’s starts. “He had a ton of horse the whole way and was loaded with run when I called on him. He loves these distances, six and seven furlongs. He’s great at them.”

Trained by Wesley Ward, the Grade 3 Jersey Shore was Flashpoint’s first start since running in the Preakness Stakes on May 21. The $90,000 winner’s share of the purse boosted his lifetime bankroll to $255,200.

In the $75,000 Miss Liberty Stakes, Romacaca gained the lead nearing the top of the strait and held off the late charge of Champagnelifestyle to post a half-length win.

Romacaca stepped the mile and a sixteenth over a turf course rated “soft” in 1:42 1/5 and paid $8.60, $4.20 and $3.20. Champagnelifestyle rounded out the $70.40 exacta and returned $6.40 and $3.80. It was nearly another length back to post-time favorite Gypsy’s Warning, who paid $2.80 to show.

“The speed was going pretty quick up front so I just tried to keep her relaxed,” said winning jockey Paco Lopez. “As soon as we got a hole, she was ready to run through and she did it so easily. After that, she just kept rolling.”

Trained by Nick Canani, Romacaca has won her last four and now sports a lifetime mark of 11-4-2- from 22 starts. The 5-year-old mare by Running Stag has earned $478,092.

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