In addition to favorites Verrazano and Itsmyluckyday in
Sunday’s Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth
Park, a pair from the
barn of trainer Kathleen O’Connell will appear in the program, but the actual
race will have just one. But which
planning on running one,” said O’Connell, who’s spending her first summer at Monmouth Park, “but I need to talk to the owner
to decide which one. Both are doing great. It’s a big advantage to have them
stabled here and just be able to walk out of the barn right to the race.”
entered for owner Gilbert Campbell are Reporting Star, who would break from
post four and Kanturk Kid, who has drawn post position seven, the far
outside. Jockey Angel Serpa is listed on
3-year-old gelding by Circular Quay, Reporting Star has finished in the money
in five of his seven starts and is coming off of two solid third place finishes
at Calder – the Calder Derby on April 6 and most recently the Mambo Meister
Stakes on May 12.
“He ran a
great race in the Calder Derby,” O’Connell said. “I can’t say that he’s a better
turf horse than dirt though. He’s only been on the Calder main track and that
surface is completely different than this one. Angel Serpa’s been on him for
both works here and said he really liked the surface.”
Star had mirror works of :49 1/5 here on June 2 and June 12. His lone main track try was in the Calder
Kid, a 3-year-old gelding by Act of Duty was a close fourth to stablemate
Reporting Star in the Mambo Meister. Kanturk Kid does have more experience on
dirt surfaces, having taken his maiden at first asking last August at Calder
and finishing in the money in three of four tries on the main track.
Since arriving at Monmouth last
month, Kanturk Kid shows two works, including a nice :47 four furlongs, handily
on June 2.
good versatility,” said O’Connell of Kanturk Kid. “He’s real sharp right now so he would
probably be close to the pace if he runs.”
Pegasus Stakes goes as the 11th race on a 12-race Father’s Day card.