The first time that Call First
showed up in the Monmouth
Park entries this year,
he ran with a $20,000 claiming tag. It was the classic Catch-22 scenario for
trainer Patricia Farro and her husband, Mike, who is her assistant.
They wanted the beautifully bred
4-year-old son of AP Indy out of the Storm Cat mare Connie Belle, but they
couldn’t have him.
conclusion of that race on July 14, First Call was haltered by trainer Tony
Wilson, who was the luckiest of all those who had hoped to lead the gelding
back to their barns. When Wilson
ran him next on July 29 with a price of $25,000, The Farros tried again.
“We got him
that day and we didn’t even have to win a shake,” said Mike Farro. “With that
breeding, we wouldn’t have been able to get him at all if he weren’t a gelding.
He’s been doing great since he’s been in the barn and we think he’s a nice,
solid, little horse.”
the colors of MAT Stable for the first time in his next race, First Call was second
in a $42,000 allowance test that was taken off the Monmouth turf. The Farros
will saddle him again on Saturday, when he’ll go postward as the probable
favorite in the featured $32,000 allowance/optional claiming race at 1 mile 70
yards on the main track.
to run him back on the turf,” said Mike. “But he’s good either way. He runs on
anything and he runs well.”
the same can be said for most of those in the Farro barn this year, including
2012 Teddy Drone and Mr. Prospector Stakes winner Roayl Currier.
Through September 5, Patricia was
ranked as the 50th leading trainer in North
America with 73 wins, 43 seconds and 48 third place finishes from
391 starts. Moreover, the stable has cracked the $2 million in earnings
barrier, with $2,006,952 to date.
It is the
best year ever for Patricia Farro, who in 2004 became the first woman in track
history to win the trainer’s title at The Meadowlands.
having a good year, thank God,” said Mike.
“We’re just grinding it out, here, there and everywhere we can.”
former claim with a solid chance on Saturday is Kid Sidney, a 3-year-old gelded
son of Lemon Drop Kid who has made two starts, including a fourth place finish
in the $60,000 Jersey Derby, for trainer Steve Hobby.
in blinkers for the first time and we expect that will definitely make a
difference. We decided to run him in them because he was a little babyish in
his races and not concentrating,” said William Hollick, the assistant to Hobby.
Sue, who is a possible for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita on
November 3, remains in Hobby’s barn at Monmouth and Hollick reported that the
multiple graded stakes placed daughter of dual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner
Tiznow is in fine form.