OCEANPORT, N.J. – Hermosillo, Karmageddon and Voodoo Charm all recorded
stakes wins on New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival Day at Monmouth Park
The New Jersey
Thoroughbred Festival, featuring the best runners bred in the Garden State,
celebrated its ninth anniversary with a crowd of 7,825 on hand for the 12-race
In the featured $100,000
Charles Hesse III Handicap, Hermosillo, winner
of the ’09 Hesse, took his rivals
wire-to-wire, stepping the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main track in 1:44
3/5. Hermosillo topped the $80 exacta and paid
$20.20, $8.20 and $3.80 in the field of six geldings. Goombada Guska, the 8-5 favorite, was a
length and a quarter back in second and returned $3.80 and $2.60. It was another 2 ¼ lengths back to
Gunfighter, who paid $2.40 to show.
exceptionally well the last couple of weeks,” said winning trainer Stephen
DiMauro. “We were glad he was able to
get to the lead. We were hoping they’d
leave us alone enough so we would just keep going. It all worked out well.”
Owned by Kenwood Racing
LLC and ridden by Chuck C. Lopez, Hermosillo
scored for the third time this season and ninth lifetime by winning the Hesse ‘Cap. The
$60,000 winner’s share of the purse boosted the son of Sea of Secrets’
lifetime bankroll to $537,731.
The $60,000 Jersey Girl
Handicap saw a rail-skimming Karmageddon came through an opening at the top of
the stretch and burst away from her foes to post a 2 ¾-length win.
The 4-year-old filly by
Wildcat Heir went the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45 1/5 and paid $11.60, $6 and
$3.20. Little Stitch completed the $67
exacta and returned $6 and $3.40. It was
a nose back to Emily Allstar, who paid $3 to show.
“As soon as the gates
opened she stumbled a little bit,” said winning jockey Angel Serpa. “After that I just took a hold and sat patiently
with her. I waited on the fence the
whole way and when the rail opened up turning for home we just shot through.”
Trained by Doug Nunn,
Karmageddon earned her first win of the year and fifth lifetime in the Saturday
stakes event. Owned by Headless Horsemen
Racing Stable, Karmageddon has now banked $278,226 for connections.
In the $60,000 New
Jersey Breeders’ Handicap, Voodoo Charm rallied down the center of the track to
wear down Arctic Air in the final 70 yards, covering the six furlongs in 1:10
Trained by Gregg Sacco,
Voodoo Charm returned $4.40, $3 and $2.20 as the favorite in the field of six colts
and geldings. Arctic Air, who finished
nearly a length back in second, completed the $28.60 exacta and paid $7.20 and
$3.60. It was another length and a half
back to Hop Skip and Away, who returned $2.60 to show.
“I thought he’d be
closer to the early pace,” said winning jockey Chris DeCarlo. “When they kicked away from us early, I just
let him relax. I started to ask him
midway through the far turn and he began to pick it up. At the 1/8th pole I thought I
would get to the leader (Arctic Air) and he did.”
Owned by the Pot O’Gold
Stable, Voodoo Charm, a son of Devil His Due, recorded his fourth win in seven
starts. The lone 3-year-old in the race,
Voodoo Charm has now earned $144,700.