Archive for October 2013

Be My Love Prevails In Meadowlands Monday Feature

The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Kenwood Racing LLC’s Be My Love angled off the fence turning for home and wore down Trish’s Wish in the shadow of the wire to post a neck victory in the $30,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at the Meadowlands on Monday afternoon.

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Trained by Stephen DiMauro and ridden by Paco Lopez, Be My Love returned $17.20, $9 and $5.20 in the field of 10 fillies and mares. Trish’s Wish completed the $203.40 exacta and paid $13.60 and $7.40. It was another half-length back to Bellaridge, who paid $3.40 to show.

A 3-year-old filly by With Distinction from the Untuttable mare Arealhotlover, Be My Love sports a record of 2-2-3 from 15 lifetime starts.

Live racing continues at the Meadowlands on Friday, Oct. 18 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 2:15 p.m. The all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet runs through Nov. 2.

Philippis Takes Opening Day Feature At The Meadowlands

PhilippisBruno Schickedanz’s Philippis did not disappoint her backers in the opening day feature at the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, besting her rivals by a half-length in the $30,000 allowance/optional claiming event as the even-money favorite.

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With jockey Paco Lopez aboard, Philippis took control soon after the start before holding off the late charges of Sea of Laughter and Lucky Empress, covering the mile over firm turf in 1:39 3/5. The winner returned $4, $3.20 and $2.60. Sea of Laughter completed the $26 exacta and paid $4.80 and $3.40. It was another neck back to Lucky Empress, who paid $3.60 to show.

A 4-year-old daughter of Belong to Me from the A.P. Indy mare Nokomos, Philippis has won five of her 11 starts this season.

Thoroughbred racing continues at the all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet on Saturday, Oct. 12 – gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 2:15 p.m. Live racing will be offered on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays through Nov. 2, with the exception of Monday, Oct. 21, which will be a dark day.

Lopez, Navarro, Red Oak And High Point Take 2013 Titles

Jockey Paco LopezMonmouth Park Racetrack concluded its 61-day racing season on Sunday, sporting across the board gains in attendance, on-track and simulcast handle.

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Through a lease from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NJTHA) signed on May 4, 2012, Monmouth Park is marking its first full year under new leadership, with Darby Development LLC the operating manager.

“We knew last year would prove a good starting point,” said Dennis Drazin, advisor to Darby Development and the NJTHA. “The numbers posted this year prove that fans across the country have responded positively to our racing product, while those closer to home enjoyed great racing at one of the world’s most beautiful racetracks.”

Average attendance came in at 8,986, besting last year’s average of 8,599 by 4.5%, when Monmouth ran 65 cards. On-track wagering averaged $510,106, an 8.3% increase over 2012 as total wagering averaged $4,440,595, representing a 9.8% boost over last season.

“These numbers certainly met all expectations,” Drazin said. “We were hoping to build off of last year’s start and we have succeeded in doing so.

“We’ll look to continue this upward momentum as we strive to meet the goals set forth by ourselves just over one year ago: bring expanded gaming opportunities to the racetrack; create new family entertainment; and, provide world-class Thoroughbred racing at the Jersey Shore.”

The meet was once again highlighted by the $1 million William Hill Haskell Invitational, which saw Verrazano set a new win margin record, dominating his foes by 9 ¾ lengths in the Shore’s signature race. Other highlights included Big Blue Kitten’s impressive performance in the United Nations Stakes and the thrilling stretch duel between Last Gunfighter and San Pablo in the Iselin, with the former besting the latter, who was the defending champion.

“As we look to the future,” Drazin said, “we are on the brink of announcing a new off-track betting facility, we continue our work to bring sports wagering to the racetrack and have plans for enhanced on-line gaming opportunities – all geared at bringing horse racing closer to the fan.

“On-track, we will soon open the William Hill Race and Sports Bar – a state-of-the-art, Vegas-style sports book, which will offer free play on top sporting events. In addition, the entire facility will continue its transformation into a more fan-friendly, family oriented destination in the heart of the Jersey Shore.”

Paco Lopez was a runaway winner in the race for top jockey, booting home 99 winners. It was Lopez’s second Monmouth title, having taken home top honors in 2010.

Leading trainer went to Jorge Navarro, who saddled 47 winners, including a record-tying four on Sept. 22, 2013. For Navarro, a 38-year-old native of Panama, this was his first trainer’s title at any racetrack.

Red Oak Stable, who has been involved in racing for decades, enjoyed their first-ever Monmouth Park owner’s championship, having visited the winner’s circle 17 times, tying them with High Point Thoroughbred Partners, who also enjoyed their first owner’s title.

Thoroughbred racing shifts north to the Meadowlands for 10 all-turf live cards, beginning on Friday, Oct. 11. The Big M will host live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays through Nov. 2 with the exception of Monday, Oct. 21, which will be a dark day.

Purple Egg handles route assignment in Barbaro

An ideal trip behind two dueling pacesetters helped Purple Egg win for the first time beyond six furlongs in Wednesday’s closing-day feature at Delaware Park, the $100,000 Barbaro Stakes for 3-year-olds.

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With Paco Lopez aboard for the first time since Purple Egg won back-to-back races to launch his career in August and September 2012, the gelded son of Lion Heart sat in third as 3-5 favorite Revocation and turf-to-dirt Team Valor runner Cerro battled through fractions of 46.27 seconds and 1:10.50. Approaching the turn for home in the 1 1/16-mile race, Cerro dropped back to third and Purple Egg launched a three-wide bid. Purple Egg forged a short advantage at the top of the stretch and cruised home 6 1/4 lengths in front, reaching the wire in 1:43.66.

Revocation held second, two lengths in front of Cerro. Keep the Canoli and Heat Press completed the order of finish.

Trained by Jane Cibelli for Goodwood Racing, Purple Egg is now 4 for 7 with earnings of
$181,900. It was his first win since he took the six-furlong Inaugural at Tampa Bay Downs last December.

Flay Mignon outsprints foes in Jersey Juvenile

Flay Mignon, with Paco Lopez aboard, wins the second stakes of her career in the Jersey Juvenile.The filly Flay Mignon proved far too speedy for her four opponents in Saturday’s $60,000 New Jersey Juvenile, the final stakes of the season at Monmouth Park.

A stakes winner sprinting on turf two starts ago, Flay Mignon proved equally adept on the main track, completing six furlongs in 1:11.72 while finishing 5 3/4 lengths in front of runner-up Charleymillionaire. It was another 8 3/4 lengths back to She’s Hot Wired in third.

Sent to the front by jockey Paco Lopez, Flay Mignon ($3.40) clicked off fractions of 21.94 and 45.12 seconds. Charleymillionaire, one of only two males in the field, stayed within 1 1/2 lengths after the first half-mile, but Flay Mignon increased her advantage to four lengths at the eighth pole and widened her margin even more while being hand-ridden to the wire.

“I know that she’s a very fast filly,” said Lopez, who has been aboard for all three wins in Flay Mignon’s four-race career. “She broke really fast and went to the front easily. On the turn, I was just looking around to see if anyone was coming and didn’t see anyone.”

Flay Mignon is a home-bred daughter of Yesbyjimminy who races for owner Laurie Plesa and trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.

“She’s shown how good she is and that she can run on anything,” trainer Plesa said. “We’ll see how she comes out of this and decide what’s next. We may give her some time off, but she ships to Florida on Wednesday so we’ll just wait and see.”

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