If one tough hombre is good, two are better and that’s why
Patricia Farro will lead a pair of recent claims over to the paddock for
Sunday’s featured $34,000 allowance/optional claiming affair.
Hustler was haltered for $32,000 two starts back at Monmouth Park
when Bill Mott ran him for owner Paul Pompa, Jr. and Sunshine Rambler was
claimed for $25,000 from trainer Jorge Navarro last time out. Now both are back
wearing a $32,000 tag and Rustler Hustler should go postward at a short price
in the field of eight racing a flat mile on the turf course.
Hustler didn’t break good when we ran him at Belmont (in a $50,000 optional
claiming race when he finished fifth last out on September 16) so I expect him
to run better in this spot,” said Mike Farro, who is the assistant to his wife.
“We’ve got Joe Bravo back riding him for this race and that’s a plus. He knows
this horse. They both try hard and I expect them both to run good.”
Hustler’s bad break from the gate essentially did him in from the start. The
4-year-old colt by Ecton Park out of the Cozzene Mare Cozzy Temper has
performed well in turf stakes in the past, including a fourth place finish in
the Grade 2 Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga Race Course last summer.
Rustler Hustler loves the Monmouth grass course, having won twice here in three
starts and that only loss was in last year’s Jersey Derby. As a 2-year-old, he
captured the Continental Mile Stakes on the Monmouth course.
Italian-bred Masterel will be making just his second North American start in
Sunday’s feature and the 3-year-old colt is taking a class drop from the
$100,000 Capital City Strakes at Belmont
last out on August 18, where he finished last on a turf course rated as soft.
Graham Motion trains Masterel, who was a stakes winner in his native land, for
owner Earle Mack.