Oceanport, N.J. – A season-high
crowd of 27,039 flowed through the turnstiles at Monmouth Park
on Sunday and were treated to a pair of impressive favorites taking the two
Father’s Day stakes events.
Kicking off the stakes action was Royal Currier, who took
command early and never looked back in the $65,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes, as
Gunfighter grabbed command approaching the quarter-pole before drawing off to
victory in the $65,000 Bernie Dowd Handicap.
Mat Stables’ Royal Currier covered the 5 ½ furlongs over
firm turf in 1:02 flat and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.80 as the favorite in the
field of nine colts and geldings. It was
a length and a quarter back to Christiesborntorun, who completed the $30.20
exacta and paid $5.60 and $4. Freud’s
Honour was another two lengths back in third, good for a $4.40 show mutuel.
“He’s a very tactical horse with a very bright future,”
said winning jockey Joe Bravo. “He’s
really good at following instructions.
He just flew around there.”
A 3-year-old by Red Bullet from the Lite the Fuse mare
Top of the League, Royal Currier earned his sixth win in 12 starts by taking
the Anderson Fowler. He has earned
$235,950 for his connections, who indicated the Jersey Shore Stakes (Grade 3,
$150,000) at Monmouth on July 3, could be the gelding’s next start.
In the Bernie Dowd, Gunfighter proved a much-the-best
winner, taking the mile and 70 yards contest by three lengths in 1:41 3/5. The winner paid $4.80, $3.60 and $2.80 as the
favorite in the field of nine New Jersey-bred colts and geldings.
Trained by Steve Klesaris, Gunfighter topped the $217.60
exacta with longshot Adduce, who rallied for the place, paying $34 and
$10.20. It was another three-quarters of
a length back to pacesetter Hermosillo,
who paid $5.80 to show.
“He’s a really good horse,” said winning jockey Jose
Valdivia Jr. “The fractions seemed to be
demanding, but he was doing it on his own.
At the head of the lane, I called on him and he kicked on and had
Gunfighter, a gelding by Iron Deputy from the Mazel Trick
mare Sweetgeorgiabrown, bumped his lifetime mark to 4-4-1 from 14 starts. He’s earned $225,052 for owners Susan Moore and
M and M Thoroughbred Partners.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park
on Friday, June 24 – gates open at 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m. As always, the racetrack is open seven days a
week for simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.