Archive for July 2013

Longshot Angel’s South wins eighth race at Saratoga Race Course

Bettors partial to grays, and who are willing to back them no matter what the odds, were rewarded in Monday’s eighth race when Monmouth shipper Angel’s South went gate to wire in the one-mile turf allowance to score at 34-1.

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The 5-year-old Tale of the Cat mare, out of Rahab, by Holy Bull, benefited from starting from the number 1 post, as well as from jockey Paco Lopez’s success at getting away with tepid fractions (three-quarters in 1:13.51). Fantasy of Flight was never more than a half-length back, but when she moved up to challenge inside the sixteenth pole, Angel South had plenty left, kicking away in the final yards to prevail by a half-length. The running time was 1:35.74 over “firm” going.

The victory was Angel South’s sixth from 13 starts, and the $57,000 winner’s purse upped her career earnings to $150,513. Andrew Mitchell conditions the winner for O. Alberto Acosta.

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Lopez strikes again with Ju Ju Eyeballs in Just Smashing Stakes

Ju Ju Eyeballs, ridden by Paco Lopez, stretched his winning streak to five races with Sunday's victory in the Just Smashing Stakes.Ju Ju Eyeballs won the $61,200 Just Smashing Stakes for 3-year-old filly sprinters Sunday to cap a weekend of stakes upsets at Monmouth Park for jockey Paco Lopez.

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On Saturday, Lopez guided Hard Enough to a 12-1 score in the Jersey Derby. One day later, Lopez and Ju Ju Eyeballs took the Just Smashing at 6-1, as Blueeyesintherein, the 4-5 favorite, ran fifth.

The late money poured in on Blueeyesintherein, a winner of four of five coming in who made a long trip here from Kentucky. Meanwhile, the price on the locally based Ju Ju Eyeballs drifted upward, even though the $15,000 claim from last winter had won four in a row for trainer Jason Servis.

Breaking a step slowly from the rail, Blueeyesintherein didn’t seem comfortable until rider Leandro Goncalves guided her to the outside.

Blueeyesintherein moved into third, sitting right off the duel between Indian Spell and Dreamingofcarmella.

Meanwhile, Ju Ju Eyeballs and Lopez saved all the ground, angling off the fence to the inside of Blueeyesintherein as the field turned for home.
The fresh challenger easily powered away from the pack, winning by 5 1/4 lengths and paying $14.80 to win. Ol Donyo nosed out Dreamingofcarmella for second.

“I just wanted to settle off the pace,” Lopez said. “My horse was strong the whole way right behind the leaders. I split horses at the top of the stretch, and she did it very easily.”

The time was 1:11.46 for six furlongs on the fast track.

Lucky Liberty was fourth, followed by Blueeyesintherein and Indian Spell.

Ju Ju Eyeballs Rolls To Victory In Just Smashing Stakes Sunday

Paco LopezMr. Amore’s Stable Ju Ju Eyeballs crushed her foes in Sunday’s $60,000 Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth Park, drawing away to a 5 ¼ length victory.

Trained by Jason Servis, Ju Ju Eyeballs covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:11 2/5 and paid $14.80, $5.80 and $3.80. Ol Donyo rallied to complete the $87.40 exacta and returned $6.60 to place and $5.20 to show. It was another nose back to Dreamingofcarmella, who paid $5 to show in the field of six 3-year-old fillies.

“I just wanted to settle off the pace,” said winning rider Paco Lopez. “My horse was strong the whole way right behind the lead. I split horses at the top of the stretch and he did the rest very easily.”

The Just Smashing was the second consecutive stakes score for Ju Ju Eyeballs, who earlier this season won the Crank It Up Stakes on Monmouth turf. The daughter of Gators N Bears from the Smarten mare Savvy Lady has now won six of her 10 lifetime starts.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, July 26 as the racetrack gets ready for the Jersey Shore’s most anticipated horse race, the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, which will go as part of a 14-race program this Sunday, July 28.

Hard Enough Proves Best In Saturday’s Jersey Derby

Paco LopezPeace Sign Stable’s Hard Enough sat just behind pacesetter Shining Copper before moving past that rival turning for home and opening up to a length and a half win in the $60,000 Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

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Ridden by Paco Lopez, Hard Enough went the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:41 flat and returned $26.60, $9.60 and $5.40. Reporting Star closed to complete the $133 exacta and paid $5.20 and $3.20. It was another half-length back to Shining Copper, who paid $2.60 as the favorite in the field of nine 3-year-old colts and geldings.

“I’m so happy to get this win for the owners,” said winning trainer Bobby Dibona. “I know this is the best horse we have in our barn. It’s been a while since we’ve had a horse of his caliber. He needed to get back in his division, with 3-year-olds. He needed some time to mature and just looked great today.”

A colt by Hard Spun from the Mr. Greeley mare Grecian Wings, Hard Enough earned his third win in 14 starts by taking the Jersey Derby, which dates back to 1864, making it the oldest Derby contested in North America.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, July 21 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.

Jay Eye See Rides Rail To Victory In Saturday Feature At Monmouth

Ridden by Gabriel SaezCrossed Sabres Farm’s Jay Eye See shot through on the inside turning for home and battled Mutiny down to the wire to post a head victory in the $42,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

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Trained by Marcus Vitali and ridden by Gabriel Saez, Jay Eye See covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:10 3/5 and paid $16.80, $7.60 and $3.80. Mutiny completed the $81.60 exacta and returned $4.40 to place and $3.20 to show. It was another three lengths back to Hippster, who paid $3.80 to show.

A 3-year-old colt by Curlin from the Nureyev mare England’s Rose, Jay Eye See has won two of his nine career races.

Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Sunday, July 14 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.

Immortal Eyes wires Mr. Prospector Stakes

Immortal Eyes, under Paco Lopez, won the Mr. Prospector Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths Sunday for his 10th stakes victory.Immortal Eyes led every step of the way in the $76,500 Mr. Prospector Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, drawing off down the stretch for a 7 1/4-length victory under jockey Paco Lopez.

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Immortal Eyes, trained by Damon Dilodovico, had made his Monmouth Park debut June 22, wiring a $50,000 optional claimer by 2 3/4 lengths. He proved impossible to catch again Sunday, leading the field of six through a quarter-mile in 21.98 seconds and a half-mile in 44.89 while building a one-length advantage.

The 8-year-old Greatness gelding increased his lead to three lengths at the top of the stretch and spurted away from his rivals, stopping the clock for six furlongs on a fast track in 1:09.42. He paid $7.60 as the third choice.

“Last time, I really didn’t ask him at all,” Lopez said. “He’s got so much speed. I knew there was a horse to my inside [Royal Currier], but my horse was just cruising out there. At the quarter pole, I asked him a little bit, and he opened up on his own.”

Mass Destruction rallied to take second, a neck ahead of Diski Dance in third. Royal Currier, the 3-2 favorite, faded to last after chasing the early pace. Royal Currier was making his first start since a pair of runner-up finishes in stakes at Aqueduct over the winter.

Immortal Eyes has won 15 of his 44 career starts and earned $805,051. He’s a 10-time stakes winner, with most of those scores coming at Charles Town and Mountaineer Park for owner Robert Abbo Racing Stable.

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