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Paco Lopez Wins 7 Races Again

Paco Lopez wins 7 races again (eight days later) – ties own single-day record as a rider.

Sweet Emma Rose (R) #9 with Abel Lezcano riding noses out hard charging Rogue Lady (C) #1 and Gabriel Saez who finished 2nd and Red Minx (L) #3 and Eddie Castro finishing third in the $60,000 Crank It Up Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday June 7, 2014Hat Creek Racing’s Sweet Emma Rose took command right from the start and held on by a diminishing neck to capture the $60,000 Crank It Up Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday as jockey Paco Lopez booted home a record-tying seven winners, equaling the
mark he set just three weeks ago.

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With Abel Lezcano in the irons, Sweet Emma Rose covered the 5 ½ furlongs over firm turf in 1:03 flat and paid $13.80, $6.40 and $4.80. Rogue Lady completed the $246 exacta and paid $16.20 and $7.80. It was another head back to Red Minx, who paid $4 to

“The race was very tough,” said winning rider Abel Lezcano. “My horse went to the front and within a 1/16th was clearly in front. In the stretch she had enough to hold on.”

A 3-year-old filly by City Zip from the Deputy Minister mare Miss Moneypenny, Sweet Emma Rose sports a record of 3-2-0 from seven starts, good for earnings of $139,197.

Lopez, a 28-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, kicked off his record setting day by piloting odds-on favorite Big Dealer ($3.40) in the second. He then won the third race atop Exclusive Sarah ($3), the fourth with Souper Colossal ($5), the sixth with Peg’s Olympic Zoie ($9.60), the seventh with Long Blooming Rose ($6.60), the eighth with Logan Street ($3.60) and the 11th atop Mary N’ Eileen ($6.20).

The previous record of seven wins was set by Lopez just three weeks ago on May 17. Prior to that the record of six wins on a card was set by Walter Blum on June 9, 1961 and equaled by Chris Antley (July 30, 1984), Julie Krone (Aug. 19, 1987), Joe Bravo
(Aug. 31, 1994, May 18, 2002, Sept. 18, 2005 and Sept. 4, 2006), Jose Lezcano (June 22, 2008) and Eddie Castro (June 21, 2009).

Live racing continues at Monmouth on Sunday, June 8 – gates open 10 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m. as the racetrack welcomes the 44th annual Irish Festival.

Pinot Grigio wins the Open Mind under Gabriel Saez

Pinot Grigio won her stakes debut Sunday in the Open Mind Handicap at Monmouth ParkPinot Grigio captured her stakes debut Sunday, the $60,000 Open Mind Handicap for New Jerseybred fillies and mares at Monmouth Park.

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The 5-year-old homebred is 2 for 2 at the meet for co-owner and trainer J. Willard Thompson.

She pulled a 14-1 upset on opening day in a first-level allowance.

The element of surprise was gone this time, as Pinot Grigio returned $7.40 for her fifth win in 26 starts.

The prerace focus was squarely on World Gone Wright, a 3-year-old making her New Jersey debut after victories at Tampa Bay Downs and Keeneland.

With an unbeaten record and the promise of high upside potential, World Gone Wright went off the even-money favorite.

That support looked solid when World Gone Wright fired out of the gate and easily opened a three-length lead.

Things got shaky when P J’s Superego ranged up to challenge. Those two were well clear of the pack around the turn, but the duel took a toll on both.

Pinot Grigio and jockey Gabriel Saez sat right behind the leaders, and they readily picked up the pieces in the lane, sailing home to a three-length victory.

“Around the three-eighths pole, she started gaining on the leaders,” said Saez who wore the colors of co-owner Lou Ottrando. “When she got to the outside in the stretch, she really started running. I was very impressed with her.”

P J’s Superego held on for second with World Gone Wright third.

The time was 1:11.29 for the six furlongs on a fast track.

Elba was fourth with Champagne Rain fifth. Morning Miracle, Thompson’s other filly in the race, was sixth, followed by Hotnslick and Eastern Blossom.

Racing resumes here June 6 with the first Friday card of the meet. Monmouth will now race a Friday through Sunday schedule until Labor Day.

Partyallnightlong In John Reilly Among Lopez’s Four Winners

The 7-year-old Partyallnightlong, with Paco Lopez aboard, collects his seventh win at Monmouth Park in the John Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-bredsThe red-hot Paco Lopez and the well-prepared Partyallnightlong teamed to win the $60,000 John J. Reilly Handicap on Saturday at Monmouth Park.

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Lopez, the runaway leader in the local jockey standings, piled up four more wins. He got the Reilly
victory with an aggressive ride against Rainbow Heir, the 4-5 favorite.

Rainbow Heir, winner of the Grade 3 Jersey Shore Stakes here last summer, was making his season debut. Trainer Ben Perkins Jr. considered scratching Rainbow Heir when he drew the rail but opted in the end to run.

Rainbow Heir broke a step slow and accelerated to get the lead, only to find Partyallnightlong immediately glued to his flank. The duo set the pace through demanding fractions of 21.76 and 44.45 seconds.

Partyallnightlong took charge at the eighth pole as Rainbow Heir weakened. The 7-year-old
Partyallnightlong finished a wrapped up winner, beating Zealevo by three lengths in 1:10.67 for the six furlongs on a fast track.

Partyallnightlong, a homebred for Richard Malouf and trainer Eddie Broome, won for the 10th time in 21 starts. Eight of those wins have come at Monmouth.

Malouf and Broome have been extremely patient with the talented horse, who has battled numerous injuries during his limited career.

“This horse had some problems as a younger horse,” said Malouf. “Eddie just took his time bringing him back and keeping him sound.”

Broome prepped Partyallnightlong for the Reilly against open company in Monmouth’s Decathlon Stakes on opening day. Partyallnightlong, in his season debut, bobbled at the break and was no match as the amazing Ribo Bobo won for the 10th time in his last 12 races.

While Partyallnightlong finished fifth, the day was not a loss. He got the fitness needed for the Reilly.

“He had an issue the last time we ran leaving the gate, causing him to not run up to expectations,” Broome said. “I felt today with a clean trip he could run real well.”

Partyallnightlong paid $7.40 as the second choice in the wagering. Gunfighter was third, followed by Saucy Don, Rainbow Heir, Hop Skip and Away, Chief Carlson, and Magical Fire.

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