Barn Notes

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Winner Runs Saturday

Posted Thursday, Aug 2, 2012


He’s loaded with back class, loves the grass and the distance of 5 ½ furlongs. Now 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge will try to pick up his first win this year when he makes his first appearance at Monmouth Park in the $60,000 My Frenchman Stakes on Saturday.

            “He’s a hard-knocking old horse,” said Tom Morgan, the assistant to trainer Bret Calhoun. “He’s also a temperamental horse.”

            In 43 lifetime starts, the 8-year-old gelded son of War Chant has won 18 times and brought home $1,769,135. All but $40,432 of those purses have been earned in turf sprints.

            Chamberlain Bridge, who failed to defend his title in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf  Sprint, has never run at Monmouth before and Morgan said that he joined Calhoun’s division here about a week ago. Last out on July 7, which was his first start of 2012, he missed in the $100,000 Arlington Sprint by only a half-length.

            “He ran a winning race that day,” said Morgan. “He broke in the air, then got caught wide and still came running.”   

            The Hunk, who won the John J. Reilly Handicap for New Jersey-breds two starts back, Just Chillin Boss, Hewitts, Christiesborntorun, Triple E, Southern Region, Mississippi Man, and Ju Jitsu Jax are the others entered.

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