Peace Sign Stable’s Hard Enough held off challengers on both
sides late in the lane to capture the $60,000 Restoration Stakes at Monmouth Park by a head before a Saturday crowd of
Lopez in the irons, Hard Enough saw Always Curious to his outside and Chamois
and Michael With Us to his inside as that quartet charged for the wire in the
mile and eighth turf event. Hard Enough
had just enough left to win in a blanket finish, stepping the distance in 1:47
paid $7.60, $4.20 and $2.80 and topped a $34.40 exacta. Michael With Us returned $4.40 to place and
$2.80 to show. It was another head back
to Always Curious, who paid $3.80 to show.
Post-time favorite Chamois settled for fourth.
surprised to see us in front,” said winning trainer Bobby Dibona, “but I was
afraid of the fractions. He’s better
when he’s relaxed and they were really moving so he had to give it his all for
the win today.”
3-year-old colt by Hard Spun from the Mr. Greeley mare Grecian Wings, Hard
Enough has won four of his 14 lifetime starts, good for earnings of $140,040.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Sunday, August 18
for the second day of the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off. Gates open 11:30 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.