Oceanport, N.J. – Repole
Stable’s Roaring Lion defended his title by once again taking the $75,000 Mr.
Prospector Stakes as Freud’s Honor went wire-to-wire in the $70,000 Choice
Stakes on the Fourth of July holiday card at Monmouth Park.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Roaring
Lion sat just off the early pace before moving to the lead around the quarter
pole. He covered the six furlongs over a
fast main track in 1:08 4/5 and returned $13.20, $3.40 and $2.60. It was 2 ¾ lengths back to odds-on favorite
Sean Avery, who paid $2.20 and $2.10 and completed the $30.40 exacta. It was another 3 ¾ lengths back to Fabulous
Strike, who returned $2.80 to show.
“Those were the instructions, to sit
and pounce,” said winning rider Mike Luzzi.
“There was plenty of speed in front of me and it set up perfectly. Down the backside I had Sean Avery to my
inside and I was loaded for bear. I
asked him to run in the stretch and he still had plenty.”
Last year, Roaring Lion captured the
Mr. Prospector in 1:09 flat. It was the
third consecutive year that Repole Stable captured the Mr. Prospector, having
won it in 2009 with Go Go Shoot.
A 7-year-old gelding by Lion Hearted
from the Horatius mare Smartly, Roaring Lion sports a record of 12-4-6 from 31
starts. He has earned $538,536 for his
In the Choice Stakes, Freud’s Honor
stepped the mile and an eighth over a “good” turf course in 1:49 2/5 and paid
$38.20, $11.40 and $5.60. It was a
length and a half back to Beachcombing, the 2-1 favorite in the field of eight
3-year-old colts and geldings, who completed the $131.40 exacta and paid $3.80
and $2.80. It was another half-length
back to Crossed the Line, who returned $2.80 to show.
“He’s given us every indication that
he’d love the grass,” said winning trainer Gregg Sacco. “The question mark was the two turns and he
answered that with flying colors. He’s put
together several nice races now. We’ll
look to the Jersey Derby (July 31 at Monmouth) or perhaps a New York-bred
stakes. We’ll be sticking to the grass,
that’s for sure.”
A son of Freud from the Honor and
Glory mare Act of Glory, Freud’s Honor boosted his lifetime bankroll to
$135,750 with a record of 3-2-1 from seven starts.
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Friday, July 8 – 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.