Monmouth Handle Continues to Soar; Ibboyee Takes Spend a Buck Stakes

Sunday, May 23, 2010

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OCEANPORT, N.J. – After a record breaking opening day on Saturday, Monmouth Park’s Elite Summer Meet continued in grand fashion on Sunday, as a total of $7,046,389 was wagered on the 11-race program, an increase of 126% over last year.

          Overcast skies did not dampen the wagering spirits of the 8,500 fans on-track, who saw Ibboyee capture the $100,000 Spend a Buck Stakes by a half-length.

          Trained by Todd Pletcher, Ibboyee stalked the early pace before moving by the leader Rule By Night inside the 1/8th pole and holding off all challengers to the wire.  Racing in the colors of Anstu Stables, Ibboyee covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:43 flat and returned $6.60, $3.40 and $2.40 as the favorite in the field of eight 3-year-old colts.

          “He broke really well and I knew there wasn’t much speed in the race,” said winning rider John Velazquez.  “Down the backstretch he was going nice and easy.  When he made the lead he was going along on his own and I knew he’d be tough.  It all worked out today.”

          Our Dark Knight rallied along the inside to complete the $36.80 exacta and paid $4.20 and $3.40.  Afleet Again was another head back in third, and returned $3.60 to show.

          A son of Medallist from the Pentelicus mare Expect Excellence, the New York-bred Ibboyee sports a record of 5-2-1 from 10 starts and now boasts earnings of $488,298.

          Live racing returns to Monmouth Park on Saturday, May 29 and continues on Sunday, May 30 and Monday (Memorial Day), May 31.  After which, the Elite Summer Meet will host live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.