Magic Mesa, a recent acquisition
for owner Andrew Sulley and trainer Patricia Farro, will return to the turf on
Saturday at the Meadowlands when the 5-year-old mare breaks from post five in
the $32,000 allowance/optional claiming feature.
numbers are better on the grass,” said Mike Farro, assistant trainer and
husband of Patricia. “We bought her so
we could run her on the turf down in Florida
this winter. She’s versatile, so if
future races come off the grass, it should be fine for her.”
of Sky Mesa from the Saint Ballado mare Saintly Magic, Magic Mesa has made 23
trips to the post and sports a record of 4-9-5.
Of those starts, she’s raced five times on the lawn, with a win, a
second and a pair of shows.
the best in the morning,” Farro said.
“We just take her out there and try and keep her happy. We haven’t had her too long, so we’re still
figuring her out, but she does have talent.”
purchasing Magic Mesa privately, she’s made two starts for the Farro barn, a
disappointing fifth in the slop at Parx on Sept. 2 and a solid runner-up finish
last out over a fast Monmouth main track.
looking forward to getting her back on the grass,” Farro said. “She should be right up with the early
leaders, that’s her style. I expect to
see her close up early and hopefully in front at the wire.”
Victor Santiago has the call on Magic Mesa, who’s been installed at 5-1 by
oddsmaker Brad Thomas. Her main competition
will likely come from Giulio’s Jewel, the 5-2 favorite who exits an impressive
allowance victory last out on Delaware
post for Saturday’s card is set for 2:15 p.m., with gates opening at 11:30
a.m. The all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands
Thoroughbred meet runs through Saturday, Nov. 2.