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Phone My Posse Gets The Outside Draw For Tyro

Posted Friday, Aug 5, 2016

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Phone My Posse will try to make it 2-for-2 to start his career when he enters a field of seven in Sunday’s $60,000 Tyro Stakes for 2-year-olds going five and a half furlongs on the Monmouth Park turf.

            “He has training well and doing everything right,” said trainer Chuck Spina, who also owns the horse with Joseph and Gayle Ioia. “Being by Posse, he should like the turf because most of them do. I expect him to run really well.”

            The 2-year-old gelding by Posse out of the Phone Trick mare Phone Express took the field gate-to-wire in his four and a half furlong debut on June 3 in a $45,000 maiden special weight event.

            “He had some serious gas when he broke from the rail in his first start,” said Spina. “He worked great the other day and did it in hand. The post doesn’t bother me. I’d rather be on the outside.”

            Phone My Posse, who will break from post seven Sunday, has worked three times since his maiden score. The most recent came on July 24 at Monmouth Park where he went four furlongs in :48, third fastest of the 68 horses to go that distance on that day.

            Two of Phone My Posse’s rivals are exiting starts in graded stakes company. Bay Numbers comes out of the Grade 3 Sanford at Saratoga on July 23 for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. and Lightning Dove’s most recent start for conditioner Wesley Ward came in the Grade 3 Schuylerville on July 22.

            Other than Phone My Posse, two other entrants in the Tyro are coming into the race off debut maiden scores. Wesley Ward trainee Iron Mane graduated on July 23 at Indiana Grand and Ardmore Bay, conditioned by Tom Morley, made a winning debut on July 4 at Belmont Park.

            The Tyro will be race 9 in Sunday’s 10-race card, complemented by the second day of the first-ever Italian Festival at Monmouth Park. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with first post scheduled for 12:50 p.m. 


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