OCEANPORT, N.J. – G.J. Stable’s Dabnabit made the lead early
and held on late to capture the $65,000 Colts Neck Handicap at Monmouth Park on
Sunday before a crowd of 11,705.
used hard to make the front, Dabnabit held off the 9-5 favorite Gunfighter and
the fast-closing Hop Skip and Away to post a half-length win. Dabnabit went the six furlongs over a main
track labeled “good” in 1:10 1/5 and paid $27.40, $10.20 and $5.40. Gunfighter completed the $89.80 exacta and
paid $3.60 and $2.60. It was another
neck back to Hop Skip and Away, who paid $3.60 to show.
did a great job today,” said winning trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. “He’s a frontrunner, that’s his style and
we’re not going to change it. He had to
work for the lead today and he dug in nicely in the stretch.”
Neck Handicap, restricted to New Jersey-bred runners, produced an identical
result as the John J. Reilly Handicap run at Monmouth on May 28, when Dabnabit
won by nearly two lengths over Gunfighter, who was a length and a half better
than Hop Skip and Away that day.
win was the second this year and fifth lifetime for Dabnabit, a 6-year-old
horse by Intidab from the Roman Reasoning mare Signa.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, August 26
– gates open 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.