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Padre Graz Tries The Turf For The First Time In Saturday's Dan Horn

Posted Friday, Jun 17, 2016

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          Padre Graz takes to the turf for the first time and stretches back out to two turns against 11 other New Jersey breds in Saturday’s $60,000 Dan Horn Handicap at one mile.

            “He will have no problem with the distance, but the turf is the unknown factor,” said trainer Pat McBurney, who conditions the horse for Fleming Thoroughbreds LLC. “This race could really open some new doors for him.”

            The 5-year-old horse by Posse out of the Gold Token mare Amanda’s Antik hasn’t worked in a month when he went four furlongs over the Monmouth main track in :49 1/5 on May 14.

            “I don’t see too much speed in the race so he will probably be closer up or on the lead,” said McBurney. “It seems to be where he likes to sit going around two turns.”

            Last time out, Padre Graz found the winner’s circle in the opposite fashion, closing from off the pace to take a $51,000 allowance event going six furlongs at Monmouth Park on June 4.

            “Orlando (Bocachica) will be back aboard Saturday and he has started to get familiar with him,” said McBurney.

            Padre Graz’s most recent run around two turns came in last year’s edition of the Charles Hesse III Handicap on dirt, where he sat close to the lead throughout, but faded to finish fourth behind fellow Dan Horn rival Fuzzy Muzzle.

            Padre Graz comes in as just one of two horses in the Dan Horn coming off a winning effort, with the Joe Mazza trained Chunnel taking home a $50,000 allowance race by a half-length on May 29.

Oak Bluffs has won three of his four career starts on the Monmouth turf including last year’s My Frenchman Stakes. All three wins came at the five and a half furlongs distance.

             The Dan Horn goes as race 10 on Saturday’s 11-race program.  Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. First post at 12:50 p.m.


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