Trainer Bobby Dibona will send Hard Enough into Saturday’s
$60,000 Restoration Stakes in search of his second straight stakes win. Hard
Enough surged around the far turn on July 20 to win the Jersey Derby by a
length and a half for his third career victory and first ever stakes win,
stepping the mile and a sixteenth in 1:41 flat.
“He’s just coming into this race
beautifully,” Dibona said. “Paco’s (jockey Lopez) worked him twice and he’s
just going up.”
A 3-year-old colt by Hard Spun out
of Grecian Wings, Hard Enough breezed four furlongs in :52 on August 4, and
breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 on August 11, both over a fast main track at
Monmouth. Carrying the colors of Peace Sign Stable, Hard Enough will run in
Oceanport for the fourth time on Saturday, where he has finished in the money
in each contest thus far.
Hard Enough will break from the
rail as he and a field of eight 3-year-olds travel a mile and an eighth, Hard
Enough’s furthest test to date, over the turf in Saturday’s Restoration.
“He likes to be outside, this horse
in particular,” said Dibona, “but he’s got enough speed going a mile and an
eighth. He’ll be forwardly placed and Paco will get him where he needs to be. I
think the extra 16th will help him, the longer the better for him.
It should be the same scenario as last time. We’ll be chasing the same horse,
so hopefully we’ll just track him around again and get the first jump and
Copper led most of the way in the Jersey Derby before giving way to Hard Enough
and posting a third place finish. In all there are four competitors in the
Restoration who ran in the Jersey Derby last out, the other two being Gun Point
and English Minister.
Restoration will go as race 11 on a 12-race Saturday card at Monmouth.