Brereton C. Jones’s Albano moved for the lead around the far
turn and expanded his margin of victory to 6 ½ lengths as he powered to an
impressive victory in the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes before a record Father’s Day
crowd of 29,262, who wagered nearly $1.1 million on Monmouth Park’s 12-race
“It was impossible to escape the
buzz throughout the facility,” said Bob Kulina, president of Darby Development
LLC, operators of Monmouth Park Racetrack.
“It was an enthusiastic crowd that came early and stayed late. The racing product today was outstanding, and
our handle certainly reflected it.
has traditionally been our second busiest day, only to the Haskell (July 27
this year). We’ve been fortunate to
build this day into a great event that the fans have truly embraced.”
Albano, who was making his first start since the March 29th
Louisiana Derby (G2), raced well off the early pace of :22 4/5 for the first
quarter mile and :46 2/5 for the half set by Ring Weekend. Entering the far turn both Encryption and
Albano moved after the leader with a three-wide Albano
going best of all. The winner stepped the mile and a sixteenth over a fast main
track in 1:44 flat.
As the 13-10 favorite in the field
of five 3-year-olds, Albano returned $4.60,
$2.80 and $2.40. Encryption completed
the $17.20 exacta and paid $3.60 and $3.
It was another 6 ¼ lengths back to Lynx, who paid $3.40 to show. Wildcatpleasures checked in fourth with 7-5
second choice Ring Weekend, who was eased through the stretch, rounding out the
“We had no
plan,” said winning trainer J. Larry Jones, “He (jockey Kerwin Clark) played it
the way it came up. It sure looked awful
Haskell is our game plan, but we’ll see how it goes. This horse races pretty good fresh, so if we
come to the Haskell this was his prep.
We’ve had quite a bit of success at Monmouth, so that’s certainly the
race we’re looking at.”
of the Monmouth Park meeting, the $1 million Grade 1
William Hill Haskell Invitational is set for Sunday, July 27.
colt by Istan from the Fortunate Prospect mare Pocho’s Dream Girl, Albano has won three of his seven lifetime starts, good
for earnings of $308,100.
training really well,” said winning rider Kerwin Clark. “Larry (trainer Jones) had him really ready
for this race. I knew they were going
really quick early, because my horse has a lot of natural speed and we couldn’t
keep up. Once I called upon him around
the turn, he really answered the question and pulled away impressively.”
day’s undercard stakes, Silent Appeal took command out of the gate and cruised
under the wire an impressive three-length winner of the $60,000 Dan Horn
Handicap, going the flat mile on firm turf in 1:35 2/5.
Castro in the irons, Silent Appeal topped a $51.60 exacta and paid $10.60,
$5.80 and $4, while carrying highweight of 122 pounds. Jax Maxx checked in second, paying $5 and
$3. It was a nose back to post-time
favorite Chunnel, who paid $2.60 to show.
Gonzalez-trained Silent Appeal, a 6-year-old gelding by Hook and Ladder out of
the Peaks and Valleys mare Hana J, has won two of his three 2014 starts.
continues at Monmouth
Park on Friday, June 20 –
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.