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Wonderfella Looks to Dazzle in Saturday's Feature

Posted Friday, Jul 11, 2014

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Trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. will send Wonderfella into a $42,000 allowance/optional claiming event at Monmouth on Saturday, the feature race on the card. Wonderfella and a field of six are set to sprint six furlongs along the main track.  

            In five career races Wonderfella has yet to finish out of the money, posting runner-up efforts in his last two outings. In his most recent race, Wonderfella was bested by only two lengths in an optional claiming event at Monmouth on June 1.  

“I thought he had tough luck last race,” Perkins said. “I could see what Paco (jockey Lopez) was doing. Another horse was drifting in front of him and as soon as he ducked down it looked like he had a wide open rail but he got cut off and had to steady a little, so I think he lost some momentum. You live and learn in those kinds of races. I think it’ll be good experience for him.”  

Wonderfella has posted two works in Oceanport since his last race, breezing four furlongs in :48 2/5 on June 15, and five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 on June 26.  

“He came out of the last race pretty well,” Perkins said. “I didn’t want to over race him, so we scratched out of the last one to rest him up.”  

Although Wonderfella is the 2-1 morning line favorite, he will have to fend off some tenacious challengers in the Saturday feature, including the David Jacobson trained Jeter who is second choice on the line at 7-2, and will have to do so in a short race breaking from the rail.  

“It’s hard to say where he’ll be pace wise,” said Perkins. “It looks like there’s some speed but from the rail you don’t want to send and get caught heading for the lead, so I’m just going to let Paco use his own judgment. The rail is always tough, especially for a 3-year-old against older horses.”  


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