With four days of live racing remaining at the 2013 Monmouth
Park meet, the race for top conditioner is coming down to Jorge Navarro and
Eddie Plesa Jr. Through the Sept. 22
card, Navarro held a 41 to 39 advantage and each are stocked with runners for
this weekend’s 19 races.
scheduled to start six runners apiece on Saturday and Sunday, while Plesa has
four entered on each card. Following the
dueling leaders are the duo of Ramon Moya and Claudio Gonzalez, who have each
saddled 26 winners, four more than Gregg Sacco.
race is also coming down to the wire with John Brunetti’s Red Oak Farm on top
with 17 trips to the winner’s circle, just one more than High Point Thoroughbred
Partners. Red Oak and High Point each have four entered this
certainty is jockey Paco Lopez, who cruised to the title to claim his second
riding championship at Monmouth. Lopez,
the top jockey here in 2010, has 93 wins, 36 more than four-time champion Elvis
Trujillo. Gabriel Saez is third with 54
wins, one more than Joe Bravo.
Apprentice rider Manuel Franco rounds out the top five with 43
Monmouth meet runs through Sunday, Oct. 6.