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Mr. Jordan Goes For Another Graded Stakes Score In Salvator Mile

Posted Friday, Jul 1, 2016

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Mr. Jordan returns off a four-month layoff looking for another graded stakes win at Monmouth when he enters the gate with five other rivals for Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Salvator Mile on the main track.

            “He has been doing well and is anxious to run,” said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who conditions the horse for David Melin, Leon Ellman and Laurie Plesa. “He’s been training good and it looks to be a good spot for him.”

            The 4-year-old colt by Kantharos out of the Cloud Hopping mare Miss Skeetd is coming in for his first start since Feb. 13 where he finished third in a $35,000 handicap at Tampa Bay Downs.

            Mr. Jordan has worked four times since his last outing, all at Monmouth Park. The latest coming on June 16 where he went four furlongs in :49 over the fast main track, which was the seventh fastest of the 28 horses that went the distance on that day.

            Mr. Jordan is 2-for-3 at Monmouth Park in his career, breaking his maiden in 2014 and winning last year’s Grade 3 Pegasus before running in the Haskell against Triple Crown Champion and Horse of the Year American Pharoah.

            “He doesn’t have to be on the lead, but he will be up close early,” said Plesa. “I’ll leave a lot of it up to the jockey.”

            Mr. Jordan is the only graded stakes winner in the field. Nonna’s Boy, who breaks from the rail for Todd Pletcher, took last year’s Lamplighter Stakes at Monmouth on the turf in wire-to-wire fashion. Pletcher’s other horse in the field, Comfort, is coming off a score in a $62,000 allowance optional claiming event at Belmont Park on May 29.

            New Jersey bred Horse of the Year, Green Gratto, enters the race off a second place finish in the John J. Reilly Handicap two starts back behind Chublicious, who came back to win his next start in the Mr. Prospector.

            Leading rider Paco Lopez will be aboard Mr. Jordan for the fifth time in his career. That duo won last year’s Grade 3 Pegasus together.

            The Salvator Mile is set for race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post at 12:50 p.m.

           

 


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