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Home Brew Proves Too Strong in Pegasus

A year after winning Pegasus Stakes with Juddmonte’s Mandaloun , trainer Brad Cox was again victorious June 18 with Gary and Mary West’s Home Brew —though this time without Florent Geroux, one of his go-to riders.

With Geroux hung up by travel issues trying to make it to New Jersey from his Kentucky base, the jockey missed an opportunity to ride at Monmouth Park Saturday, but Paco Lopez proved a capable replacement on a much-the-best Home Brew.

Stalking the early pace in third, the Street Sense colt pounced on the second turn under Lopez, drawing away for a 6 1/4-length victory over favored Electability to finish 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.20. Pacesetting Cyberviking was third.

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“I heard (Geroux) had some travel issues and couldn’t get here so I found out about two or three hours before the race that I would be riding this horse,” said Lopez. “It’s always nice to pick up a mount like this for a trainer like Brad Cox.

“The trip was perfect. They said he would rate, that he did not have to be on the lead, and he was so comfortable watching those two in front of us duel. When I asked him he just went. This is a very nice horse.”

Dash Attack , one of the morning-line favorites, was scratched, as was Noneedtoworry . Those scratches reduced the field to seven 3-year-olds.

The Pegasus, the final local prep for the $1 million Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) July 23 at Monmouth, was the second stakes victory for Home Brew ($5), who won the Oaklawn Stakes April 23 in Arkansas. He had not raced since.

“We weren’t all that concerned with the layoff,” said Blake Cox, son and assistant to trainer Brad Cox. “We just didn’t know where to go with him. He was still in a steady work pattern and doing well and we just didn’t have a spot for him and this race fell into play.”

Last year Mandaloun later won the Haskell upon the disqualification of Hot Rod Charlie for interference.

In addition to Home Brew, grade 1 winner Cyberknife is another Cox-trained candidate for the Haskell, a race that could also draw the unbeaten Jack Christopher for trainer Chad Brown.

“We have to see where we are. We’ve had good luck in the Haskell so we’ll see,” Black Cox said.

Home Brew improved to 4-1-0 in six starts and elevated his earnings to $293,625 for the Wests, who bred him in Kentucky out of the winning Tapit mare Omnitap . Of her five winning foals, Air Strike is also a black-type winner, having taken the 2019 Triple Bend Stakes (G2). The dam’s youngest foal is a 2-year-old full brother to Home Brew.

Jockey Lopez wins 1st 5 races Sunday at Monmouth Park

Jockey Paco Lopez started Sunday’s action at Monmouth Park by winning the first five races on the card.

Lopez’s first victory came aboard Free to Fly in a starter optional claiming race. He followed that with scores aboard Be Better in a maiden special weight event, R Love On the Run and Call Bros in a pair of claiming races, and then Edie Meeny Miny Mo in allowance optional claiming flight.

An all-Lopez early Pick 5 returned $14.40 for 50 cents.

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Lopez’s first loss of the day came in the seventh race, as he finished second in a claiming race on Like What I See. He was then seventh in the eighth race, the Smart N Classy Handicap, with mount Bramble Bay, and off the board in the nightcap, a maiden claiming event, on Le Coste.

Lopez holds the single-day Monmouth Park record of seven wins which he has done three times, most recently Aug. 28.

For the year, Lopez sports a 483: 82-71-84 record with $3.43 million earned. His 17 wins during the current Monmouth meet are six more than the 11 races won by both Samy Camacho and Isaac Castillo.

Miles Ahead Turns Back Drain the Clock in GP Sprint

Miles Ahead only beat heavily favored Drain the Clock by a neck in the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes Feb. 19 at Gulfstream Park, but trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. had complete confidence that the vastly improved 5-year-old would be up to the task.

“He’s just gotten better and better. Each race, he just seems to go forward,” said Plesa, who trains the Competitive Edge gelding for his wife Laurie, David Melin, and Leon Ellman. “I felt real confident going into this race that it was going to take an exceptional effort by somebody to beat him.”

Miles Ahead, the 3-1 second choice who captured the Smile Sprint Invitational Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream last July, ran six furlongs in 1:08.88 on a fast track to capture his third straight race of the 2021-22 championship meet.

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Drain the Clock, a grade 1 winner coming off a sharp victory in a Dec. 10 optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream, was sent to post as the 3-5 favorite in a field of five. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained 4-year-old broke sharply but was eased off the pace by Irad Ortiz Jr. as Francatelli and Gatsby dueled to his inside along the backstretch and Miles Ahead bided his time in fourth. The opening quarter-mile was run in :21.96 while the half went in :44.72. Drain the Clock moved three wide around the pacesetters to take a lead into the stretch with Miles Ahead in hot pursuit. The favorite kicked in through the stretch while drifting out late, but Miles Ahead would not be denied under Paco Lopez.

Drain the Clock, who won the Woody Stephens Stakes Presented by Nassau County Industrial Developmental Agency (G1) at Belmont Park last season, finished 4 1/4 lengths clear of multiple graded stakes winner Diamond Oops , who finished third after lagging off the early pace.

The winner returned $8.20 on a $2 win ticket.

Drain the Clock had won four of five previous starts at Gulfstream, his only loss coming in a second-place finish in last year’s 1 1/16-mile Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2). The Kentucky-bred colt, who won the six-furlong Limehouse Stakes and seven-furlong Claiborne Farm Swale Stakes (G3) prior to the Fountain of Youth, went on to win the Bay Shore Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct Racetrack and the Woody Stephens.

Plesa said he had no firm next-out plans for Miles Ahead, who won for the 11th time during a 21-race career and has earned $435,725.

“He’s found his niche and we’re taking advantage of it. Who knows what the future holds, but it makes you think about a lot of things,” Plesa said.

Bred in Kentucky by Nicholas M. Lotz and Betsy Kelley out of the stakes-winning, graded stakes-placed Awesome Again mare Jennie R. , Miles Ahead was a $175,000 purchase by his current connections from Top Line Sales’ consignment to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in 2019. He graduated the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $120,000 when purchased by Billy Williams from the consignment of James B. Keogh.

Miles Ahead is the first graded stakes winner out of Jennie R., whose four starters have all been winners. She is also the dam of black-type winner La Grange (by Curlin ).

Alittleloveandluck First Black-Type Winner for Arrogate

Alittleloveandluck became the first black-type winner for her late sire Arrogate when she took the $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes Jan. 1 at Gulfstream Park.

The 3-year-old filly owned and trained by Michael Dini is from a limited crop by the champion son of Unbridled’s Song, who died unexpectedly in 2020 at age 7 after just three seasons at stud. She is the first sophomore starter by Arrogate, who himself did not debut until April of his 3-year-old year and did not break his maiden until that June before going on to greatness.

Bred in Florida by Helen and Joseph Barbazon out of the Point Given mare Points of Grace , Alittleloveandluck was acquired privately by Dini after failing to meet her reserve when the hammer fell for $135,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The filly took four starts to break her maiden, testing her mettle in open company on the turf at Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park and on the dirt at Parx Racing before she graduated Nov. 12 with a game nose score under Paco Lopez in a mile and 70-yard test for state-breds over Gulfstream’s new Tapeta surface.

Dini felt Alittleloveandluck was destined for turf racing, but began to have his doubts when the filly failed to hit the board in either of her first two starts, both on the lawn. When the Gulfstream racing office called to see if he would try her once again on turf in the Ginger Brew, however, the trainer gave it another shot.

“I said, ‘Well, I might as well try her one more time on the grass with a short field,'” Dini recalled.

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With Lopez back in the irons, Alittleloveandluck secured inside position from post 3 around the first turn of the Ginger Brew, which was run at about a mile on firm turf. She settled nicely as Li Li Bear showed the way, then shifted out to the five path around the turn for home and responded under right-handed pressure to draw clear in a hand-timed clocking of 1:36.68. Fractional times were not available.

Ocean Safari , who briefly took the lead, was outkicked and had to settle for second by half a length. Even-money favorite Opalina completed the trifecta.

Alittleloveandluck was sent off at odds of 7-1 in her stakes debut and return from the state-bred ranks, and paid $17.80 on a $2 win ticket.

Juddmonte’s homebred Arrogate earned the 2016 champion 3-year-old male title after scoring five consecutive wins that culminated in victories in the Travers Stakes (G1)—which he won by 13 1/2 lengths while breaking a 36-year-old track record for 1 1/4 miles—and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), in which he beat 2016 Horse of the Year California Chrome . He kicked off his 4-year-old season by winning the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) in track-record time and followed with a hard-to-believe last-to-first win in the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (G1) after a tardy start. Trained by Bob Baffert, Arrogate retired with a 7-1-1 record from 11 starts and earnings of $17,422,600, making him the richest North American racehorse in history.

Bipartisanship Records First Stakes Win In Eventful Tropical Park Oaks

Fortune Racing LLC’s Bipartisanship overcame traffic while also benefitting from a fast early pace Sunday at Gulfstream Park, rallying from far back to prevail in a most eventful running of the $100,000 Tropical Park Oaks.

The Tropical Park Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies, co-headlined Sunday’s day-after-Christmas program at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track, with the Tropical Park Derby, a 1 1/16-mile turf event for 3-year-olds.

Bipartisanship, a British-bred daughter of Bated Breath who was sent to post at 19-1, scored by a half-length after jockey Paco Lopez found room between horses in the stretch to record her first stakes victory. The Graham Motion-trained filly was purchased privately following a third-place finish in a Group 3 race in Ireland in July.

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Bipartisanship saved ground while racing well behind a lively pace set by multiple graded-stakes winner Lady Speightspeare, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, and pressed by Tobys Heart. The pacemakers set fractions of 23 and 46.99 seconds for the first half mile before continuing to do battle on the turn into the homestretch. Previously undefeated Lady Speightspeare, who captured the Natalma (G1) on turf and the Bessarabian (G2) on Tapeta at Woodbine, suddenly veered five paths to the outside entering the stretch to briefly lose the lead to longshot Mademoiselle Nova, but quickly recovered to take back the lead in mid-stretch.

The pressured pace and her greenness, however, took its toll on the heavy favorite in deep stretch, when Bipartisanship, who was blocked at the top of the stretch, surged between horses to get to the wire first. Stunning Finish also made a wide rally to finish second, a neck ahead of Lady Speightspeare.

“I was a little worried at the top of the stretch. It looked like [Lopez] had nowhere to go, but it all worked out. I think she was much the best. She didn’t have a very good trip,” Motion said.

Bipartisanship, who broke her maiden at Laurel in her second U.S. start, was coming off a seventh-place finish in the Winter Memories at Aqueduct.

“Last time, [Jevian Toledo] was mad at himself because they kind of slowed the race up and he left her with way too much to do,” Motion said. “When she came to me, she was already stakes-placed as a maiden. The day she ran in New York she just walked out of the gate, but she won very impressively at Laurel. She has done things very nicely. She’s nice filly to be around.”

Bipartisanship ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.16 on a firm turf course, providing another Tropical Park Oaks upset victory to her trainer, who saddled Ultra Brat for a 36-1 upset in 2016.

Motion has no immediate plans for Bipartisanship’s next start.

“I haven’t really thought beyond this race,” he said. “I was actually a little worried about running today because I thought it was very competitive.”

R Adios Jersey, Shivaree Win FTBOA Stakes At Tampa Bay Saturday

Florida’s Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry put its best foot forward today at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Fla., and even fans who didn’t cash a ticket came away feeling like winners after a pair of breathtaking stakes races.

In the fourth race, the fifth edition of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association City of Ocala Florida Sire Stakes for registered state-bred fillies and mares, unbeaten 3-year-old R Adios Jersey engineered a tour de force, dominating four rivals for an 11-length victory.

Two races later, in the FTBOA Marion County Florida Sire Stakes for registered state-bred males, owners, trainers, and spectators were left gasping as 4-year-old colt Shivaree defended his 2020 Marion County title with a desperate rally in the final strides that deprived 5-year-old gelding R Mercedes Boy of victory by a head.

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Both winners earned $60,000 from the $100,000 purses, but it was the thrills they provided along the way that proved priceless. Shivaree’s winning time of 1:22.58 for the seven-furlong distance was .02 seconds faster than R Adios Jersey, but it should also be mentioned she was geared down late while Shivaree was all-out at the finish.

Jockey Paco Lopez knew R Adios Jersey was virtually flying during the early stages of the City of Ocala. But the 3-year-old filly felt so comfortable beneath him, he decided it would be counter-productive to try to slow her down.

By the time she got to the 1/8-mile pole of the seven-furlong race, her four Florida-bred rivals were vying for second place. R Adios Jersey continued to roll, improving her record to 6 for 6.

An overwhelming favorite in the wagering, R Adios Jersey paid $2.40 to win. She probably would have set a stakes record had not Lopez throttled her back in the final yards, still posting a time of 1:22.60, .20 seconds off Surprise Wedding’s 2017 stakes mark. Starship Nala finished second and Bramble Berry was third.

R Adios Jersey, who won the Grade 3 Charles Town Oaks on Aug. 27 in her previous start, is owned by Rich Averill’s Averill Racing, Anthony Mattera’s ATM Racing, and retired major league baseball outfielder Jayson Werth. Georgina Baxter trains the daughter of Adios Charlie-Marion Theatre, by Montbrook, who was bred in the Sunshine State by Ocala Stud and J. Michael O’Farrell, Jr.

First-place money raised R Adios Jersey’s career earnings to $427,400.

“That was kind of easy, but when you have a very nice, fast filly like that, it can look easy. I wanted her to go in :22 (seconds) and :46 (for the quarter-mile and the half), but (:21.79) and (:44.35). … she’s just very fast,” Lopez said. “She wanted to go so hard but I didn’t fight her too much, because she was doing it very comfortable. She was really sharp today and Georgina did a great job getting her ready.”

Lopez has ridden R Adios Jersey in all but one of her starts, including the Charles Town Oaks and the Florida Cup Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies Stakes here in March.

Bradenton, Fla., resident Averill, who owns Rich Averill Masonry, has built an impressive racing resume since emerging on the scene in 2005 with Florida Oaks and G2 Delaware Oaks winner R Lady Joy. With such prominent stakes winners as Lady’s Island, Pay Any Price, R Angel Katelyn, Paradise Dancer, and G2 Saratoga winner R Free Roll to his credit, Averill keeps proving he’s a major player.

As is customary when he competes in a stakes race at Tampa Bay Downs, he brought close to 100 family members, co-workers, friends, and friends of friends to enjoy R Adios Jersey’s sheer brilliance.

“We wanted this race for the hometown team, and it’s great when the plan comes together,” Averill said. “Every race, she has done better and better and better. She’s 6 for 6 and you can’t ask for more than that. We’re taking things one race at a time with her, and we’ll figure out what’s next.

“I always try to plan a party here with my friends and family and co-workers, and right now it’s a feeling of stress relief because I don’t have to answer all the questions of ‘why didn’t you win.’ It’s fun to get new people into the game, like Anthony, who moved down from New Jersey, and Jayson, and today is a day they will always remember in a good way.”

In the Marion County, Shivaree bettered his record to 5 for 23 the hard way, digging into a deep reserve of desire in the final strides to edge a tiring but game R Mercedes Boy. Samy Camacho rode the winner for breeder-owner Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Ralph Nicks.

Shivaree, the 2020 G1 Curlin Florida Derby runner-up, raised his lifetime bankroll to $546,294.

Camacho said the race unfolded as he expected, with Shivaree making a bold move on the turn for home, until Averill Racing and partners’ R Mercedes Boy kept going inside the 1/8-mile pole under Lopez.

“I was a little worried when that horse gave another kick,” said Camacho, who surprised more than a few people by knowing he’d gotten there just in time. “But my horse kept trying. I rode this horse in two stakes at Gulfstream this year and finished second by a neck and second by a head, so I know him and he did a great job. He tries all the time.”

Nicks, who watched the race from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., was worried when Shivaree went wide on the turn for home. But the son of Awesome of Course-Garter Belt, by Anasheed, seemed to thirst for a victory that was his first in 364 days – since last year’s Marion County.

“He’s gritty and he’s very competitive. He makes up for his size in try,” Nicks said. “I knew he would keep grinding and luckily he had room to get there. Very rarely is he not competitive.”

Shivaree paid $4.40 as the wagering favorite. His time was .90 seconds off his 2020 stakes record. Well Defined, the 2019 G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes winner, finished third, a length and a quarter behind R Mercedes Boy.

Four Claiming Crown Wins Net Paco Lopez Jockey Of The Week Title

Paco Lopez started the 2021-2022 Gulfstream Park Championship Meet in style with a five-win day on Saturday including four stakes races in the Claiming Crown Series. Lopez’s achievements earned Jockey of the Week for Nov. 29 through Dec. 5. The honor, which is voted on by a panel of racing experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 1050 active, retired and permanently disabled jockeys in the United States.

For the 10th consecutive year, Gulfstream Park hosted the Claiming Crown, a series of nine starter stakes races celebrating the blue-collar horses that are the back-bone of racetracks around the country.

Lopez was aboard Blue Steel for trainer Jeff Hiles in the Claiming Crown Iron Horse Kent Sterling Memorial to start the series. The pair took over the lead around the turn and kicked clear to win the race by a half-length in 1:44.61 for 1 1/16 miles.

Lopez also won the next race, his third on the card, the Claiming Crown Distaff Dash for trainer Jane Cibelli aboard Payntdembluesaway. Off as the favorite in the field of 12, Payntdembluesaway scored a four-length victory in :55.31 for the five furlong turf test.

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Trainer Eddie Plesa, Jr. gave a leg up to Lopez on Miles Ahead in the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit, a seven furlong race on the dirt. Off as the favorite in the field of 10, Miles Ahead tracked the leaders outside and up the backstretch wearing down his rivals to pull clear by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:21.99.

The Claiming Crown Emerald was the last of the starter series. Riding for trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr., Lopez took Mid Day Image straight to the lead from the inside post, maintained a clear lead at the top of the stretch and went on to post a 1 1/4-length win in 1:39.82 for 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

“Not too bad a day,” said Lopez to the Gulfstream Park Publicity team. “We had five wins and a couple of seconds. My horses ran very well today.”

A multiple graded stakes winner and the 2008 Eclipse Award winner as leading apprentice, Lopez shares the Gulfstream Park track record with seven wins on a single day.

Lopez’s weekly statistics were 35-8-6-3 and total purse earnings of $371,525.

Other nominees for Jockey of the Week were Arnaldo Bocachica with 10 wins, Juan J. Hernandez who won the G1 Starlet, Sonny Leon also with 10 wins and Luis Saez who won the G1 Cigar Mile.

Jockey Paco Lopez Posts Five-Win Day Saturday At Gulfstream Park

Jockey Paco Lopez put the finishing touches on a five-win afternoon by guiding Patricia Generazio homebred Mid Day Image to a front-running 1 ¼-length triumph in the $95,000 Claiming Crown Emerald Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

The 1 1/16-mile Emerald was the last of nine starter stakes worth $810,000 in purses on the 23rd Claiming Crown program, being held at Gulfstream for the 10th consecutive year. For 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less in 2020-21, the Emerald was the last of four turf stakes.

Created by the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association in partnership with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the Claiming Crown rewards and pays tribute to the horses and horsemen that provide the foundation for day-to-day racing programs at tracks around the country.

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Lopez, who shares the Gulfstream track record with seven wins on a single card, notched four of his wins in the Claiming Crown. He had consecutive victories with Joe Di Baggio ($6) in Race 2, Blue Steel ($9.40) in the $75,000 Iron Horse Kent Stirling Memorial, and Payntdembluesaway ($5.60) in the $90,000 Distaff Dash, and captured the $85,000 Rapid Transit with Miles Ahead ($4.60). He also finished second with Xy Speed in the $90,000 Canterbury and Hanalei’s Houdini in the $125,000 Jewel, beaten less than two combined lengths.

“Not too bad a day. We had five wins and a couple seconds,” Lopez said. “My horses ran very well today.”

Mid Day Image entered the Emerald off back-to-back wins at Monmouth Parkin in Oceanport, N.J., the most recent coming Sept. 12, both in gate-to-wire fashion. The 5-year-old Midshipman gelding went straight to the lead from his rail post, posting fractions of :23.39, :47.73, and 1:11.22 chased by Clear Vision with 9-5 favorite Max K.O. looming in the clear in third.

Lopez and Mid Day Image maintained a clear advantage at the top of the stretch and continued on once set down for the drive, with Clear Vision unable to make up ground. Attentive came on late to get third, with Light Fury fourth and Max K.O. fifth. The winning time was 1:39.82 over a firm course.

“[Mid Day Image] has a lot of speed. Max K.O., I was scared of that horse because he’s fast, too. I know that horse,” Lopez said. “I give credit to my horse. He’s very, very good. He put me right there and [trainer Luis] Carvajal [Jr.] told me, ‘Paco, that horse is ready today.’”

Arrest Me Red Goes Gate To Wire In Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship

Lael Stable’s homebred Arrest Me Red made every pole a winning one, staving off an inside rally from Pulsate to prevail in Saturday’s $150,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y.

Trained by Wesley Ward, Arrest Me Red was scratched out of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on November 6 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., which was won by his stablemate Golden Pal. Re-routed to the Big A, the sophomore son of Pioneerof the Nile turned back older company with a game display in the six-furlong outer turf test.

“He did great. He ran very, very professional,” Ward said. “I just feel bad that he had a minor foot issue, otherwise he would have had a good run in the Breeders’ Cup.”

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Arrest Me Red, with Paco Lopez up, marked off splits of :22.69 and :45.60 over the firm going with defending race winner Turned Aside tracking in second and Backtohisroots pressing three-wide in third.

Pulsate, with Manny Franco up, settled into fourth position as Arrest Me Red took the field to the turn with Backtohisroots advancing with purpose. Arrest Me Red opened up a one-length lead at the stretch call and kicked for home with a ground-saving Pulsate trying to surge up the rail.

Lopez kept to task aboard Arrest Me Red and the talented bay held on for a neck win in a final time of 1:09.43. Pulsate completed the exacta by 1 3/4 lengths over the late-running Chewing Gum.

Lopez, aboard Arrest Me Red for the first time, said he was impressed by the colt’s winning efforts in the Mahony in August at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and the G3 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., last out on October 2.

“I saw his last couple races and knew he was fast,” Lopez said. “There wasn’t much speed today. I broke and put my horse in the race and waited for competition. I saw the horse coming to the inside [Pulsate] and I put a little pressure. That horse is a very good horse. Wesley knows what he is doing.”

Franco said Pulsate, who he guided to victory in the Lucky Coin in September at the Spa, was timid when asked to pass along the hedge.

“I had the room to go through, but my horse just hesitated a little bit,” Franco said. “He was coming the last sixteenth of a mile. When I rode him to the wire, he responded to me. He just got a little bit tired. He ran well though.”

Backtohisroots, Value Proposition, Big Package, Maxwell Esquire, Omaha City, and Turned Aside completed the order of finish. Grateful Bred, who broke through the gate ahead of the race, was scratched.

Bred in Kentucky by his owners, Arrest Me Red banked $82,500 in victory while improving his record to five wins from seven starts. He paid $6.50 for a $2 win ticket.

Live racing resumes Sunday at the Big A with a 10-race card featuring the $150,000 Autumn Days in Race 7, the $200,000 G3 Fall Highweight in Race 8, and the $100,000 Tepin in Race 9. First post is 11:50 a.m. Eastern.

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On Track For Record Year, Paco Lopez To Resume Riding Saturday At Meadowlands – Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

A pair of Chad Brown-trained fillies, both coming off Maiden Special Weight victories on the grass, head a field of 14 for Saturday’s featured $45,000 allowance when racing resumes during the all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet.

Saturday’s six-race card will also mark the return of leading rider Paco Lopez, who has been sidelined since injuring his left shoulder in a spill on Oct. 15 at the Meadowlands.

Lopez, coming off his eighth riding title at Monmouth Park, sits atop the Meadowlands rider standings with six victories, one more than Isaac Castillo. He is listed to ride in three races, including the Brown-trained Infinite Potential in the one-mile feature race.

With 281 victories on the year, Lopez is two shy of his career best set in 2019.

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A 4-year-old daughter of Invincible Spirit, Infinite Potential will look to become a two-time winner at the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet after breaking her maiden on Oct. 1 with a neck victory at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass.

Bred in Ireland, Infinite Potential is owned by Klaravich Stables.

Brown has also entered Bleecker Street, a 3-year-old filly who won at first asking on Aug. 21 at Monmouth Park at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. The daughter of Quality Road, owned by Peter M. Brant, has not raced since then.

Two also-eligibles are among the 14 horses entered in the feature race. Overall, 70 horses are entered for the six races.

Saturday’s program is the sixth of the seven-day boutique meet, with the final live Thoroughbred card of the year in New Jersey scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30.

First race post time is 7 p.m.

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